Elon Musk isn’t backing down from the rumors that he and fellow billionaire Mark Zuckerberg are serious about settling their differences in a boxing ring or UFC cage.
Casino.org reported last week on the potential showdown between two of the richest men on the planet. The rumors sparked some oddsmakers into determining hypothetical odds on what would likely be one of the most hyped fights in world history.
UFC President Dana White is in the middle of it all, as both billionaires have reached out to him to gauge the other’s true interest in the showdown. While the UFC Octagon in Las Vegas was initially floated, TMZ reported today that the Colosseum — and not the one in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace but the actual Roman Colosseum — was being considered.
The celebrity news site said an official with the Italian government got ahold of Zuck to present him with the idea of hosting the fight in the Colosseum. TMZ claimed a source with direct knowledge told the website that an official with the Ministry of Culture was behind the Zuckerberg call.
Elon subsequently tweeted last night about the Colosseum rumor after White discussed the venue with the two sides.
Some chance fight happens in Colosseum
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 30, 2023
Italian Government Says Nonsense
Musk’s tweet about possibly coming to blows with Zuckerberg inside the Colosseum garnered more than 309,000 likes and 18,000 retweets. But the Italian government quickly squashed the reports.
There has been no formal contact from the ministry nor any written document, even if the news appears tasty it is unfounded,” the Italian government statement read.
TMZ, for its part, isn’t backing down from its reporting. The tabloid outlet maintained the accuracy of its sources.
Sources with direct knowledge confirm again … the ministry first reached out to Mark Zuckerberg, then the request was forwarded to Dana White, and there was a follow-up and a call was set for next week. Our sources are scoffing at this, saying the ministry reached out because of the fight challenge,” the website explained.
The Colosseum would appear to be an unlikely candidate to host such a spectacle, as the elliptical amphitheater has been substantially ruined by earthquakes over its more than 2,000 years of standing. Known as one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World,” the Colosseum is a renowned symbol of Imperial Rome and remains one of Italy’s most popular tourist attractions.
The ‘Other’ Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum likely won’t be the place where Musk and Zuckerberg fight, but should the billionaires actually agree to fight, White might target the Caesars Colosseum on the Las Vegas Strip.
White has said in the past that Caesars Palace, where the Colosseum operates, is his favorite casino in town. That came as a surprise to some considering his close ties to billionaires Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta III, the brothers who own Station Casinos and Red Rock Resorts and developed the UFC into the globally recognized sport and brand it is today after acquiring the MMA league in January 2001 for just $2 million.
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