Lex Fridman, an AI researcher and host of the Lex Fridman Podcast, faced the most challenging phase in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu when he earned his brown belt. The competition at the brown belt level was intense, with young and dedicated competitors who had superior physical attributes. Despite the tough matches, Fridman relied on his technique, skill, and experience to succeed.
But despite his experience in the sport he was delighted to share the mats with Meta founder Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg started BJJ relatively recently and is still a white belt but despite that he’s gone and competed with the general public signaling his interest in the sport beyond the celebrity circle.
Previously Zuckerberg shared the mats with BJJ world champion Mikey Musumeci.
Fridman suggested it be a BJJ match several days ago:
“A jiu jitsu match between Zuck and Elon would definitely be a fun plot twist in this simulation. I’m all for it.”
In light of a recent challenge, Fridman invited Zuckerberg to train together.
Zuckerberg has been flirting with the idea of facing Elon Musk in a UFC cage match. While BJJ match has been proposed, the two are more interested in full on MMA despite Musk not even training and Zuckerberg being substantially younger.
Dana White recently had to defend his willingness to host a clash between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, claiming it is one of the biggest cards ever. He suggested the bout could take place in the UFC APEX. Critics accuse White of hypocrisy, but he argues that Musk vs Zuckerberg is not a gimmick despite that.
Musk was previously adamant that he’ll start training as soon as the event starts to take shape. Musk revealed that he had trained in judo, kyokushin karate, and taekwondo while he was a kid.
UFC’s former champion Mat Serra previously tipped Zuckerberg to win due to his experience in BJJ. While he’s the smaller man of the two, he’s definitely younger and he’s clearly got the fitness required for a contest.