Referee Lucas Costa talks about his experience in refereeing BJJ fights featuring Mark Zuckerberg. The CEO of Facebook has recently been making headlines with his growing interest in BJJ. Zuckerberg has taken BJJ seriously for the last few years and has also appeared in public competitions to fight with other challengers. Popular BJJ referee, Lucas Costa did an interview in which he talked about how he got the opportunity to meet and ref Zuckerberg during a BJJ showdown.
Costa mentioned that he was really impressed by the way Zuckerberg behaved and fought during his match. He said: “I was impressed though. He seemed like a normal guy. Looked me in the eye, gave me a firm handshake and an even bigger surprise was that he fights well. He goes forward a lot. He attacks more. With very little defense.” as reported by bloodyelbow. Videos from the same BJJ tournament featuring Mark Zuckerberg have gone viral on the internet with what looked like an argument between him and the referee.
However, in the interview, Lucas Costa cleared the air around the accusations. Costa mentioned in detail that while watching the fight he saw Zuckerberg snorting after getting choked out and choosing to stop the fight. The billionaire was confused and didn’t know why the fight was stopped and just trying to inquire about the situation.
“But he had started to snore and the rule set says that snoring is a version of a verbal tap… He got caught in an Ezekiel and I waited, but he didn’t fight back. And I was waiting, but on the third snore I had to stop the fight. He was very polite but he wanted to know how the rules work.” Nevertheless, Zuckerberg shocked fans after giving an update on his Instagram account talking about how he won gold and silver medals in the same tournament.
Costa said: “I was impressed though. He seemed like a normal guy. Looked me in the eye, gave me a firm handshake and an even bigger surprise was that he fights well. He goes forward a lot. He attacks more. With very little defense.”
Mark Zuckerberg joins Tom Hardy as a famous Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter
Being one of the most popular individuals in the world definitely puts a lot of pressure on Zuckerberg, especially when it comes to public competitions such as this. However, it seems like the 39-year-old is determined on his BJJ journey and seems to enjoy his time competing. After winning medals in BJJ, Mark has joined the list of other celebrities who have done the same.
Tom Hardy: A 2022 Brazilian jiu-jitsu open tournament hosted by Ultimate Martial Arts Championships at Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes saw a surprise appearance by Tom Hardy Hardy.
Henry Cavill: The ‘Man of Steel’ actor is well known for his action movies and impeccable scenes and according to the fighter, the main credit goes to his BJJ training.
Guy Ritchie: Ritchie is one of the most popular directors and has created various cult classic movies. The Brit is a black belt in BJJ and has been training for more than 20 years now.
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