UFC featherweight champion, Volkanovski spars with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg in the Metaverse ahead of his lightweight title fight against Islam Makhachev at UFC 284.
Mark Zuckerberg sent his best wishes to the Aussie fighter via a post of a sparring session that took place in the metaverse last year. For those who don’t know, the metaverse is a virtual reality (VR) space that enables users to interact with each other inside a virtual reality environment.
Zuckerberg captioned the clip: “Last year UFC #1 pound-for-pound fighter Alex Volkanovski stopped by Meta HQ to train with me and for fun we tested the limits of our performance avatars with motion capture in our Engage gear. Good luck this weekend Alex!”
The pair wore MMA gloves and were wired up in motion-capture suits and their avatars squared off in a virtual arena, as they threw punches, kicks and even wrestled in real life and as animated characters in the metaverse.
Knowing Volkanovski had his eye on becoming a dual-weight UFC champion, Zuckerberg says at the end of the video: “Go get that second belt!”
MMA and Zuckerberg
The Facebook founder is famously a massive MMA fan and explained his love for the sport whilst speaking to UFC commentator, Joe Rogan on his popular podcast.
Zuckerberg proved he has some MMA tricks up his sleeve with Volkanovski declaring: “Good counter too, how good was that counter?’”.
Last year Zuckerberg shared some footage of him sparring with Khai Wu, however he has leveled up with his most recent training partner. But when you have a net worth of $68 billion you can afford to bring in the best trainers and in this case, the best sparring partners.