The Italian government has reportedly offered up Rome’s Colosseum as the stage for a showdown between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk.
The world’s richest tech titans vowed to throw it down in a cage fight last week in what would be a clash for the ages.
The bout was backed by UFC president Dana White, who claimed it would be the biggest fight of all timeand, despite Las Vegas having originally being pitched as a location, the brawling billionaires might have found an alternative venue.
The Italian Minister of Culture has contacted the Meta chief to offer to host the UFC fight between the two billionaire’s at one of history’s most legendary battlegrounds, according to TMZ.
Both Zuckerberg and Musk are said to be keen to take their battle to the iconic venue with the latter even tweeting: ‘Some chance fight happens in Colosseum.’
The proposal appears to have even gained traction as Zuckerberg’s team reportedly passed the offer on to Dana White, whose representatives have reached out to the Minister, the report added.
The Colosseum, one of the world’s seven wonders, is Rome’s most iconic landmark but has not hosted massive audiences inside for hundreds of years.
The nearly 2,000-year-old amphitheater can only seat a few hundred spectators inside on temporary seating.
In 2003, Sir Paul McCartney performed for 400 people who paid up to $1,500 for an exclusive charity show.
But now Zuckerberg and Musk could be set to put on a show worthy of rivaling the Roman’s gladiators.
There have been other concerts held outside the theatre but it’s unclear if Zuckerberg and Musk would throw it down inside or outside the landmark.
Musk, 51, offered up the match last week after commenting under a post about Zuckerberg’s newest suspected project, which will reportedly be called Threads and rival Twitter.
Zuckerberg, 39, replied on his Instagram story, sharing a screenshot of Musk’s challenge, writing: ‘Send me location.’
White believes it could be the most lucrative fight of all time, even though at present no firm official details of the place and time have been announced.
‘Talked with Mark and Elon… both guys are absolutely dead serious about this,’ White said to TMZ last week, before claiming it could be the most-watched fight in history.
‘The biggest fight of all time was Floyd (Mayweather) and Conor (McGregor), I just think it triples that,’ he said. ‘It triples what that did, there’s no limit on what that thing can make.’
White suggested the fight could happen in Las Vegas and that pay-per-view would come in at $100 – $20 more than what is usually charged for his UFC events.
Musk has trained in Kyokushin karate, taekwondo, judo and ‘Brazilian jiu-jitsu briefly’ throughout his life, he revealed on Joe Rogan’s podcast, and he’s shared a photo of himself fighting a sumo wrestler in the past.
He’s even already started training for the fight, accepting the help of UFC legend Georges St Pierre.
St Pierre reached out to Musk on June 24, saying: ‘I’m a huge fan of yours and it would be an absolute honor to help you and be your training partner for the challenge against Zuckerberg.’
Musk replied three days later, saying: ‘Ok, let’s do it’ and following up with two fire emojis.
It’s an offer Musk would have been a fool to turn down – St Pierre is a former welterweight and middleweight UFC champion, one of the finest MMA fighters to enter the octagon.
Musk, though, might not find the match to be as easy as he thinks as his Meta CEO rival recently placed in a jiu-jitsu tournament in May.