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Elon Musk says fighting a sumo wrestler gave him 8 years of neck pain

Elon Musk always talks about that sumo fight he once had, and it sure seems like fighting a trained wrestler put Musk into a world of hurt.

The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX remembered the fight on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday after a user shared a photo of Musk’s match.

This is not the first time that Elon Musk has spoken about his experience dueling with a sumo wrestler. In March 2022, the unpredictable billionaire challenged Russian leader Vladimir Putin to fight “single combat” for Ukraine.

When Changpeng Zhao, then CEO of Binance, expressed doubts about Musk’s fighting prowess, Musk shared a photo of his sumo match. He did not say when or where the fight took place.

Representatives for Musk did not immediately respond to BI’s requests for comment sent outside of normal business hours.

“I managed to throw it away, but it cost me breaking my c5-c6 drive and 8 years of mega back pain! Finally fixed with the c5-c6 drive merge,” Musk wrote after posting the photo.

That said, this experience hasn’t made Musk give up on future fights.

Last June, Musk challenged Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a cage match, amid speculation that Zuckerberg was considering launching a Twitter rival. Meta would launch its text-based social media platform, Threads, a month later.

“Send me the location,” Zuckerberg said in an Instagram Story when he accepted Musk’s challenge.

The confrontation, however, did not happen despite months of back and forth between Musk and Zuckerberg. Musk, Zuckerberg said, has not agreed to an actual date for the fight with him.

But Musk hasn’t forgotten the cage match yet.

“If only Zuckerberg was this tough (sigh). I offered to fight him anywhere, anytime, within the rules, but all I hear are crickets,” Musk said. wrote on X last week in response to a satirical report about a fight between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

To be sure, Musk isn’t the only tech titan who has demonstrated a new interest in flaunting his fitness and masculinity.

For one, Musk’s nemesis Zuckerberg took up mixed martial arts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides getting shredded, Zuckerberg has also won medals in jiu-jitsu matches.

Likewise for Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who went from skinny to chubby.

“The obvious conclusion is that I need *a lot* more training,” Musk wrote in July after a training session with Canadian UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.


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