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Mark Zuckerberg tears ACL while training for MMA fight, undergoes surgery

It’ll be all clicks and no leg kicks for a bit.

Mark Zuckerberg suffered a torn ACL while training for an upcoming mixed martial arts competition, revealing Friday he’s undergone surgery and is on the road to recovery.

“Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery to interchange it,” the Meta CEO shared on Instagram, together with a slew of photos from his hospital bed. “Grateful for the doctors and team caring for me. I used to be training for a competitive MMA fight early next 12 months, but now that’s delayed a bit.

In the photos, Zuckerberg, 39, is seen along with his left leg bandaged and in a supportive leg brace.

“Still looking forward to doing it after I get well. Thanks to everyone for the love and support.”

The father of Facebook also shared an image of his wife, Priscilla Chan, wiping his brow and putting on a pair of slides to the foot on his injured leg.

Zuckerberg began training in Brazilian jiujitsu (BJJ) just a couple of years ago throughout the coronavirus pandemic, but his late begin to the game is not any side workout to remain in shape.

The social network mogul declared that he needed to be willing “to get beaten up loads” and that BJJ comes with a learning curve when he first began training.

“Part of learning is failing,” he told podcast host Lex Fridman in June. “People who train jiujitsu — it is advisable to not have pride.”

Zuckerberg appears to be in high spirits as he embarks on his road to recovery.
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Zuckerberg training with PFL MMA fighter Khai Wu.
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In June, fellow tech giant Elon Musk, 51, challenged Zuckerberg to a “cage match” after Zuckerberg’s Meta-owned Instagram reported plans to construct a text-based social media platform “Threads” to rival Twitter.

The billionaire beatdown was rumored to be held on the historic Roman Colosseum but was ruled out by the Italian government. 

Since then, the murmurs of any potential fight between the tech entrepreneurs haven’t regenerated.

Zuckerberg after earning his blue belt in BJJ under coach and fifth degree black belt Dave Camarillo.
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The social media tycoon is taking a look at a minimum of six months of recovery before he’s back to full strength.
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But, since starting his path within the MMA world, Zuckerberg won gold and silver medals within the white belt division at a tournament in Redwood City, California, in May.

An ACL tear is a standard injury amongst athletes and happens when the tissue (anterior cruciate ligament) that connects the thighbone to the shinbone on the knee is ripped.

The recovery time post-surgery for an ACL tear will likely be between six to nine months.

Though he could also be staying off the mats for a bit, UFC greats have reached out to Zuckerberg since he broke the news about his injury.

“We got this,” current UFC Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones commented on the Instagram post.

“Speedy recovery Mark!” former UFC Flyweight Champion and Bantamweight Champion Henry Cejudo wrote.

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