Mark Zuckerberg was killing his MMA training after trying out Brazilian jiu-jitsu. The co-founder of Facebook, is not generally thought of as a fan of mixed martial arts, but that’s actually a pretty accurate description of him.
He was seen training with Khai Wu, who will make his professional debut Saturday on UFC Fight Pass.
The social media giant, Meta’s CEO, Zuckerberg recently made headlines after expressing his newfound love for wrestling. In an appearance on the popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast show, he revealed that he is a big fan of martial arts and has become a major proponent of combat sports competitions.
Mark Zuckerberg killing his MMA training with partner Khai Wu, who debuts at Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 5 on UFC Fight Pass
In a recent post made on Instagram, Zuckerberg extended support for his training partner, Khai Wu, who makes his debut on UFC Fight Pass at Urijah Faber’s A1 Combat 5 promotion.
“One of my training partners, @khaiwu, is making his debut on @ufcfightpass tonight. Looking forward to a great fight.”
MMA fighters and promotions make up dozens of Zuckberg’s Instagram followers. It is not only big names that pique his interest. An impressive array of athletes have been featured, ranging from Danny Sabatello to UFC contender Yazmin Jauregui and Nong-O Gaiyanghadao the Muay Thai world champion.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Zuckerberg developed a strong interest in mixed martial arts, which led him to become passionate about it.
Former WEC featherweight champion Faber is widely regarded as a pioneer of mixed martial arts. He challenged for the UFC bantamweight title four times and helped in making the sport become mainstream. “The California Kid” continues to engage with the community by making appearances at different competitions in support of his team members at Team Alpha Male, of which he is also the founder.
Mark Zuckerberg got called out by Paddy Pimblett in March
Following a sensational first-round finish over Kazula Vargas in March at UFC London, fan favorite Paddy Pimblett racked up his second win in the promotion. While many take the opportunity to set up a potential fight, the English sensation called out Mark Zuckerberg during his post-fight octagon interview.
“Who I want to fight…Mark Zuckerberg. Lad I’m gonna punch your head in!” Pimblett said in his post-fight interview with Michael Bisping. “I’m sick of you lad. You know what I mean. Sick of you shutting my Instagram accounts down.
“Alls I do, is help charities and help people with mental health problems. You’re the biggest bully in the world lad!”
Zuckerberg may not be directly linked to MMA yet but he sure has a presence. He shared his experience training Brazilian jiu-jitsu with UFC commentator Rogan on his podcast.