It's been nearly a year since Mark Zuckerberg got into combat sports. Last May, the boss of the Meta group - former Facebook - even won his first medal in a ju-jitsu competition with his club "Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu". If it seems that the former geek has become a real tough guy, he still comes out with a few scratches.
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This Sunday, October 1, he split a selfie on his social networks, appearing with two black eyes and a gash on the nose. "The fight has gotten out of control. I'm going to have to update my avatar," he wrote, accompanying his message with a "dead laughter" emoticon. "The warriors' way of life!" his fans commented.
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On his own social networks, the 39-year-old CEO now keeps posting photos of himself in combat gear, surrounded by his new teammates - with protruding abs and often tattooed. In an interview with People in 2022, the father of Maxima, August and Aurelia Chan said about his new hobby that it gave him a "boost of energy". Mark Zuckerberg claimed to have started studying and practicing this martial art during the Covid-19 pandemic, explaining that it gave him the strength to overcome the hardships of everyday life, especially in his work with high responsibilities. "After an hour or two of training, wrestling with friends or different people, it's like I'm ready to solve any professional problem of the day," he said.
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In the community, many fighters applaud Mark Zuckerberg's determination. Dave Camarillo, a renowned MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) trainer congratulated him in a post shared last May on Instagram. "I have had the privilege of seeing extraordinary people accomplish extraordinary things in my career. And I was honored to play a small role in their lives," it read. He added: "It's inspiring to see someone so famous challenge themselves in a new arena. This shows how amazing the art of jiu-jitsu is. It changes you - it's magical."
During the summer, Elon Musk, owner of X (ex-Twitter), had even challenged Zuckerberg for an MMA fight, a date had even been set, but the boss of Meta had put an end to the rumors on August 13.
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