video of Mark Zuckerberg Appeared livid with the referee after losing a jiu-jitsu bout in his debut tournament on Saturday in Redwood City, California.
The video shows the Facebook founder and Meta CEO confronting their rival before confronting each other.
They can be seen wrestling on the floor as Zuckerberg is pinned down on the mat as he tries to break free surrounded by onlookers recording the fight on their phones.
The two struggled on the mat for over a minute before zuckerberg Finally rests.
Eventually the referee called the match and awarded the win to his opponent – believing that the 38-year-old Zuckerberg had ‘tapped out’.
Eventually the referee called the match and awarded the win to his opponent – believing Zuckerberg, 38, had ‘tapped out’
Video footage shows Facebook founder and Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg having a heated argument with the referee and his opponent
The video shows Zuckerberg standing on his feet and his chest bare, looking angry at the referee and his opponent.
Spectators said they claimed it was an error and the match was eventually replayed as a 0–0 draw.
The video shows the three of them having a short heated discussion before Zuckerberg hugs his opponent and shakes hands affectionately.
The world-renowned tech veteran proved he has serious grappling skills in his first BJJ competition by winning gold and silver medals.
Medals were awarded for GI and no-GI disciplines – the GI being a loose-fitting uniform of heavy cloth tied at a belt often worn by competitors.
Video footage shows the pair squaring off before grappling with each other in an attempt to pin the opponent
After the fight, the three of them had a short heated discussion before Zuckerberg embraced his opponent and shook hands with him.
It was revealed in September last year that he had taken up mixed martial arts (MMA), with his trainer describing him as a ‘silent killer’ in the ring.
Zuckerberg shared photos from the tournament on his official Instagram account, but did not reveal the name of the competition.
“Participated in my first Jiu Jitsu tournament and won a few medals for the Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu team,” he wrote. ‘Thank you @davecamarillo @khaiwu @intense0ne for training me!’
He was referring to Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu founder Dave Camarillo, martial artist Khai ‘The Shadow’ Wu and Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu owner Pleasanton James Terry.
Zuckerberg told Joe Rogan in 2022 that he became very interested in mixed martial arts during the COVID-19 pandemic and has since been training in various aspects of the combat sport.
Zuckerberg excels during his first Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament (pictured) after taking up the sport during the pandemic
The world-renowned tech giant won medals in both the Gi (pictured) and No-Gi disciplines he competed in
“I really like watching UFC, for example, but I also like doing sports,” Zuckerberg said on the podcast.
‘There’s something so important about it, I don’t know… Since then I’ve introduced a bunch of friends of mine—we train together, and we love wrestling together, and there’s a certain intensity to it that I love .’
Meta Boss has been seen sitting ringside at UFC events and seems to have struck up a friendship with UFC boss Dana White.
In 2022, Zuckerberg posted footage of himself sparring with Khai ‘The Shadow’ Wu ahead of the fighter’s UFC debut.
The video, which attracted hundreds of thousands of likes, quickly went viral and attracted comments from many big names in the fighting world.
‘This is great!’ Joe Rogan commented. ‘I am very happy to see this. The training looks solid too!’
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu practitioner Bernardo Faria commented, ‘Amazing!!! Half guard, arm-bars, triangle! Super cool!’
UFC wrestler and three-time world jiu-jitsu champion Gilbert Burns wrote, “This is dope.”
Zuckerberg has spent time training in various aspects of mixed martial arts and has previously received praise for his abilities from Joe Rogan and Conor McGregor.
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Zuckerberg has explained that training is ‘really important’ to him and helps maintain his ‘energy level and focus’.
‘It’s because I have a connection to it,’ he said.
‘Since Covid, I got super into surfing and foiling, and then really into MMA. I know many people who do this.
‘MMA is kind of the perfect thing because it’s like, if you stop paying attention for a second, you’re going downhill.’
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has become very popular among celebrities in recent years, with the likes of Tom Hardy, Russell Brand, Henry Cavill and Guy Ritchie posting about their interest in the sport.
Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu is a system of grappling that integrates the Olympic sport of Judo with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Founder Dave Camarillo is a Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, however he moved away from Ralph’s Academy to create his own style of wrestling, which he named Guerrilla Jiu-Jitsu.
Camarillo became a mainstream name as a coach after several of his students became big stars in the MMA world, such as John Fitch, Josh Koscheck, Mike Swick and Cain Velazquez.