Facebook founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has participated in his first jiu-jitsu tournament.
Shockingly he won both gold and silver medals at the tournament that held in Brazil.
The world-famous tech giant, 38, proved he has serious grappling skills in his first BJJ competition by winning medals in both the Gi and No-Gi disciplines – the Gi being the loose-fitting uniform of heavy fabric tied with a belt that’s often worn by competitors.
Zuckerberg proudly shared photos from the tournament on his official Instagram account but did not divulge the name of the competition.
‘I really like watching UFC for example, but I also like doing the sport,’ Zuckerberg said on the podcast.
‘There’s something so primal about it, I don’t know … Since then I’ve just introduced a bunch of my friends to it—we train together, and we like, wrestle together, and there’s a certain intensity to it that I like.’
The Meta boss has also been seen sitting ringside at UFC events and seems to have developed a friendship with UFC boss Dana White.
In 2022, Zuckerberg posted footage of himself sparring with mixed martial artist Khai ‘The Shadow’ Wu ahead of the fighter’s UFC debut.
The video, which attracted hundred of thousands of likes, quickly went viral and drew comments from many big names in the fighting world.
‘This is great!’ Joe Rogan commented. ‘I’m so happy to see this. Training looks solid too!’
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner Bernardo Faria commented, ‘Amazing!!! Half guard, arm-bars, triangle! Super cool!’
‘That’s dope,’ UFC grappler and three-time World Jiu-Jitsu champion Gilbert Burns wrote.
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