ELON Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have been offered a novel solution to finally get into the ring – a pillow fight.
Steve Williams, the CEO of the Pillow Fight Championship, has staked his claim to stage the highly-anticipated superfight between the two rival billionaires.
Williams believes that a professional pillow fight bout could be the only means to get the tech titans into the ring after Zuckerberg recently announced that “it’s time to move on” from the proposed fight, claiming Musk “isn’t serious.”
“This Musk-Zuckerberg fight…that’s ridiculous. You can see that it’s really not going to happen and they are trying to weasel out of it, which they should,” Williams told The U.S. Sun.
“But they could have easily done a pillow fight and that would have absolutely made sense, no one would have got hurt.
“And you would probably have just as many people watching it.
“Dana White is going to lose this fight and if I was him I would be thinking, ‘You know what, we need to get these guys into the ring somehow. How can I get them in the ring?’
“And we are the answer. There is no other answer.
“They are not going to do another MMA fight and they shouldn’t.”
Williams believes pillow fighting would be a safe combat sport for 52-year-old Musk, who may require surgery and is planning to receive an MRI on his neck and upper back.
During each match, fighters are only permitted to strike their opponent with an approved pillow.
They are not allowed to strike with any part of their body, push or charge their opponent, or strike with two-hands overhead.
“Musk has already got hurt and he is one of the smartest guys in the world and the world needs him to be healthy,” he added.
“The world doesn’t need him laid up, not being able to think, in pain, arthritic…the problems one 52-year-old could get just for training for an MMA fight.”
Williams is uncertain how to best to contact Musk or Zuckerberg to make a deal happen, though.
“There are so many layers. At this point I’m not Dana White, I can’t just pick up the phone and get to them,” he adds.
Pillow fighting recently made a splash when it was showcased on ESPN2 during its Ocho telecast.
After being founded in 2018 and finally launching in 2022, the PFC is the first professional international pillow-fighting sports association.
As well as events in the United States, fights have been held in Brazil.
MMA athletes currently take part in the combat sport, including German fighter Julia Dorny who took home the title of the woman’s World Pillow Fight Champion earlier this month in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
While the future of Musk-Zuckerberg superfight remains up in the air, Antonio Mirra, the mayor of Santa Maria Capua Vetere in Italy, has suggested the fight could take place at the historic Campania Amphitheater.
Last week, Zuckerberg installed a UFC-style octagon cage in his backyard, to train for a potential match with Musk.
That led to Musk writing on the platform X, formerly known as Twitter: “Knock, knock … challenge accepted … open the door.”
He then followed up with: “Thought you might want some tea, so I brought the bags.”
But after a claim that Musk had asked to practice in his octagon, Zuckerberg showed a screenshot of the text exchange between the two billionaires.
Zuckerberg told Musk that “If you still want to do a real MMA fight, then you should train on your own and let me know when you’re ready to compete.
“I don’t want to keep hyping something that will never happen, so you should either decide you’re going to do this and do it soon, or we should move on.”