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Russian MMA Star Allegedly Turned Down Training Musk For Cage Fight With Zuckerberg

Former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has reportedly declined an offer to train American billionaire Elon Musk for a potential cage fight against Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, according to information from TASS news agency.

An individual familiar with the situation revealed that Musk approached the undefeated Russian fighter for preparation, but Nurmagomedov turned down the request. The event is said to be organized by UFC Eurasia CEO Andrey Gromkovsky. The reasons behind Khabib’s refusal remain unknown.

Earlier, the New York Times reported that both Musk and Zuckerberg were in negotiations with the UFC about the possible fight. UFC president Dana White even suggested that the billionaire showdown could become the most profitable fight in history.

Although official confirmation of Nurmagomedov’s decision is yet to be made, various MMA promoters have expressed support for his reported choice.

Russian sports manager Vladimir Khryunov stated that Khabib is a man of strong principles and deeply committed to the sport he devoted his life to. Khryunov believes Nurmagomedov’s decision is the right one and respects him for it.

Kamil Gadzhiev, President of Fight Nights Global, expressed a similar sentiment, stating that it was expected for Khabib to decline the offer since he officially retired from MMA and is currently not training anyone closely.

The rivalry between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, the richest and 10th-richest men globally, has been heating up on social media. Following the launch of Zuckerberg’s Threads, a rival to Musk’s Twitter (now X), the two have engaged in a series of barbs.

In June, Musk challenged Zuckerberg to a “cage match,” to which Zuckerberg responded, “Send me location.” Musk then tweeted, “Vegas Octagon,” referring to the famous UFC arena.

While the idea of witnessing the two billionaires in the ring has excited many, the likelihood of the bout happening appears uncertain. Last week, Zuckerberg expressed uncertainty, stating that he is not sure if the cage match will “come together.” As the situation unfolds, fans eagerly await further developments on this intriguing face-off.

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