Facebook / Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed on Joe Rogan’s podcast that he’s an MMA fan who also likes to train in the sport, and now there’s a video to prove it.
In the footage, Zuckerberg is seen sparring MMA fighter Khai Wu, and to be fair to him he doesn’t look as bad as you might have expected.
He’s shown attacking in combinations with kicks following up his punches, and defending with a high guard while checking leg kicks. Meanwhile, he also sprawls to defend a takedown and is seen setting up an armbar submission from his back.
It’s all far from flawless, but then again he’s not planning to step into the Octagon anytime soon, and it was a decent enough display to draw praise from several notable UFC stars.
Conor McGregor: Yo!!! F****** awesome Mark!
Joe Rogan: This is great! I’m so happy to see this. Training looks solid too!
Alexander Volkanovski: Looking the goods
Aljamain Sterling: This is really amazing to see! Idk, UFC debut might be coming soon for you too!
Gilbert Burns: That’s dope
Cody Garbrandt: Okay!!!! Respect to you
Joe Lauzon: This is awesome.
Chris Weidman: pretty awesome!
Urijah Faber: The Triple Threat (accompanied by brain, fist, and money bag emojis)
Sean O’Malley: Damnnn!! love seeing this.
Zuckerberg had explained to Rogan how he’d “fell in love” with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after starting training in it during the pandemic.
“I basically collected a bunch of recommendations, ran them by a bunch of people that I know I ended up training with this guy Dave Camarillo, (of) Gorilla Jiu Jitsu. He’s awesome, super nice guy. I feel like I’m learning a ton.
“The crazy thing is I don’t know. It really is the best sport. The question isn’t, ‘How did I get into it?’ It’s, ‘How did I not know about it until just now?’ From the very first session that I did, like five minutes in, I was like, ‘Where has this been my whole life?’ All right. My mom made me do three varsity sports and my life took a wrong turn when I chose to do fencing competitively instead of wrestling in high school or something.
“There’s just something that’s so primal about it. I don’t know. Since then, I’ve just introduced a bunch of my friends to it. That’s been really fun, because now it’s like we train together and wrestle together. There’s a certain intensity to it that I like. Maybe there’s this cultural thing where a lot of people haven’t considered it. I’ve had 100 percent hit rate of introducing friends to it and converting them to people who now train. Every single person who I’ve shown it to is like, ‘This is amazing. This is obviously how I should be training and working out.’”