Yilong Ma, Elon Musk’s viral Chinese doppelgänger, has been “training” for the world’s richest man’s unofficial fight against fellow tech billionaire Mark Zuckerberg — in case his look-alike struggles.
What’s going on: Musk, 52, first declared on Twitter, now known as X, that he was “up for a cage match if he [Zuckerberg] is” on June 20. This happened after the news broke that Zuckerberg, 39, had been developing the social media platform’s rival, Threads.
Zuckerberg then posted a screenshot of Musk’s tweet in an Instagram Story, writing “Send me location.”
Earlier this week, Musk announced that the supposed fight will be livestreamed on X.
What Ma’s doing: Ma, who rose to fame for his uncanny resemblance to Musk, has evidently caught wind of the hype. Days after news of the supposed fight made rounds, he began posting videos of himself “training” for it on TikTok. So far, he has used boxing gloves, Dogecoin shorts and another person wearing a cardboard head with a picture of Zuckerberg’s face. The videos have since amassed millions of views.
“Elon’s twins in China are training just in case,” Ma wrote in the caption of his latest video, which shows him “shadowboxing.” He added in the comments, “I’m training like crazy.”
The big picture: Whether Musk and Zuckerberg actually proceed with the highly anticipated fight is yet to be seen. Additionally, Ma subbing in the event that the X owner taps out is unlikely, especially since the look-alikes have yet to meet in person.