As always predictably unpredictable, Tom Hardy shocked the crowd at a martial arts tournament in a small English town on Saturday, quietly entering the competition and winning all his matches.
the guard reported that Hardy competed in the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in a secondary school gymnasium in Milton Keynes, England. His unannounced presence came as a surprise to onlookers and opponents alike, as he had entered under his real name, Edward Hardy.
Somewhat echoing his role in the 2011 MMA drama warriorHardy came out of nowhere and won all his matches.
Speaking with the Guardian, a championship spokesperson called Hardy a “really nice guy.” “Everyone recognized him, but he was very humble and gladly took the time for people to have their picture taken with him,” the spokesperson said. “It was a real pleasure to have him at our event.”
Saturday’s shocking performance in Milton Keynes marks the second time in recent months that Hardy has entered a martial arts tournament unannounced. In August, the Mad Max: Fury Road star won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, England.
“I recognized him right away. Everyone knows who Tom Hardy is, right?” Danny Appleby, Hardy’s opponent in Wolverhampton, told his local newspaper the Teeside Gazette after taking on the actor. “I was shocked. He said, ‘Forget it’s me and do what you normally would’.”
Appleby continued, ‘He’s a really strong guy,’ he continued, ‘you wouldn’t think so if he’s a celebrity. I’m doing well, I’ve done about six tournaments and I’ve been on the podium with everyone. But he’s probably the toughest competitor I’ve had – he definitely lived up to his Bane character, that’s for sure.”