Mark Zuckerberg tears ACL during MMA sparring session ahead of debut fight

Global tech genius Mark Zuckerberg's hopes of a future career in MMA have been dashed after suffering a horror injury during a sparring session.

The man who owns Meta – which owns Facebook, Instagram, Threads and WhatsApp – tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) while training for a competitive MMA fight set to take place early next year. The injury Zuckerberg has suffered takes anywhere from six to 12 months to repair, which has now seen his fight delayed indefinitely.

Taking to Instagram to post a photo of himself in a hospital bed with his leg heavily strapped up and being held up by a hospital gadget, he confirmed that he was looking forward to recovering. He wrote: “Tore my ACL sparring and just got out of surgery to replace it.

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“Grateful for the doctors and team taking care of me. I was training for a competitive MMA fight early next year, but now that's delayed a bit. Still looking forward to doing it after I recover – thanks to everyone for the love and support.”

He posted the comments with four photos in total, including one showing his wife Priscilla Chan wiping his forehead while Zuckerberg lies in bed looking in pain. The post was liked by more than 600k people in less than 24 hours, and was swarmed with comments offering “love and support” – as well as thousands of spam comments about a “free Palestine”.

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MMA legend Jon “Bones” Jones commented: “We got this”. And content creator Nina Drama, who has more than 1.6million followers on Instagram added: “So sorry to hear that Mark! Wishing you a speedy recovery.”

Zuckerberg hasn't given any update on his recovery time, but experts claim that the injury – normally suffered by professional footballers – could take a full year to recover from. He did not explain how exactly the injury occurred, either, or confirm who his opponent for the now-cancelled bout was supposed to be against.

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