Unpredictable as ever, Tom Hardy stunned the crowd at a martial arts tournament in a small English town on Saturday, quietly entering the competition and winning all of his matches.
Guardian reported that Hardy entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship held at a high school gym in Milton Keynes, England. His unannounced presence came as a surprise to onlookers and opponents as he registered under his real name, Edward Hardy.
Somewhat echoing his role in the 2011 MMA drama WarriorHardy came out of nowhere and went on to win all of his bouts.
Addressing the Guardian, a championship spokesman called Hardy a “really good guy”. “Everyone recognized him but he was very humble and happy to let people take time to take pictures with him,” the spokesman said. “It was a real pleasure to have him compete in our event.”
Saturday’s shock appearance in Milton Keynes is the second time in recent months that Hardy has competed in an unannounced martial arts tournament. In August, Mad Max: Fury Road Star won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, England.
“I recognized him straight away. Everyone knows who Tom Hardy is, don’t they,” Hardy’s opponent in Wolverhampton, Danny Appleby, told his local paper. Teesside Gazette After competing against the actor. “I was shell shocked. He said ‘Just forget it’s me and do what you normally do’.
“He’s a really strong guy,” continued Appleby, “you wouldn’t think of being a celebrity with him. I’m fine, I’ve done about six tournaments and I’ve been in every one. been on the podium. But he’s probably the toughest opponent I’ve faced – he’s certainly lived up to his character, that’s for sure.