One person who does know a thing or two about these things is Ukrainian boxer-turned-Mayor of Kyiv Vitaliy Klitschko, who seemed to like the idea.
He responded to Musk's tweet with flexed biceps emojis, and other social media users have a few things to say about it too.
Many pointed out that Putin has a black belt in judo (or at least he did until the World Taekwondo governing body announced last month that it was withdrawing the honorary belt). He is also a former member of the KGB, with his background standing him in good stead over Musk – and he can clearly handle himself.
Who would win in a fight between Elon Musk and Vladimir Putin?
On the other hand, Musk previously revealed that he trained a little in karate, taekwondo, judo and jiu-jitsu when he was younger in an interview with Joe Rogan.
As one social media user pointed out, Musk’s height advantage could make him the favourite. Musk stands at 184cm and Putin at 169cm, and there’s also a 19-year age difference between them.
Plenty of people have joined in the debate online (including Jake Paul, who is keen to see the fight happen) and opinion is split. Here are a selection of the verdicts, as well as some of the funniest reactions.
Genuinely one of the most pathetic things I\u2019ve ever seenpic.twitter.com/r10IKqWKZb
The head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, advised Elon Musk not to compete with Putin:\n\n\u201cElon Musk, I would not advise you to compete with Putin. Too different weight categories. And it's not even about martial arts or, for example, judo. How do you imagine it?pic.twitter.com/etXJ0Mva9P
WHY @elonmusk wins against Putin in a fight:\n\n1. Musk has trained in karate, taekwondo, judo, & Brazilian jiu-jitsu. That means Elon has SOME skill.\n\n2. Putin received a black belt in Taekwondo. BUT, his belt was revoked, so therefore Putin has ZERO skill.\n\nSome skill > no skill.
Elon Musk: "I hereby challenge Vladimir Putin to single combat, stakes are Ukraine. Do you agree to this fight? I'm absolutely serious."\n\nSince when does 's richest man casually challenge the head of a nuclear power to a 1v1 battle in the midst of war? I think reality's broken.https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1503327421839417344\u00a0\u2026
— Stefan Antonino \ud83c\udfb8\ud83c\udfb6 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 (@Stefan Antonino \ud83c\udfb8\ud83c\udfb6 \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2)
I\u2019m all for Mr Musk maaan but y\u2019all have to remember where Putin began.https://twitter.com/ppathole/status/1503440014277251073\u00a0\u2026
It is, of course, a lot of hot air. While we’d actually quite like to see a Rock IV-style montage of them preparing to take each other on, it’s merely the stuff of social media posturing.
But still, the verdict on a hypothetical fight between them is up in the air.
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