‘Venom’ actor Tom Hardy is now a champion fighter after surprise entry at a UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition
‘Venom’ actor Tom Hardy is now a champion fighter after surprise entry at a UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition Tom Hardy isn’t just an action star on the big screen: He can throw down in real life, too.
The 45-year-old actor made a surprise appearance at the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in Milton Keynes, England over the weekend and ultimately walked away with the top prize, The Guardian reports.
The “Toxin” and “Frantic Max: Rage Street” star entered the competition under his genuine name, Edward Solid, and as indicated by competition coordinators it was a “genuine joy” to have partaken.
“Everybody remembered him yet he was extremely modest and was glad to get some down time for individuals to take photos with him,” a representative told The Watchman. “It was a genuine joy to have him contend at our occasion.”
‘Venom’ actor Tom Hardy is now a champion fighter after surprise entry at a UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition In an interview with local media, one of Hardy’s opponents said he was “shell shocked” to come face to face with the Academy Award-nominated actor.
“I recognized him straightaway. Everyone knows who Tom Hardy is, don’t they?” competitor Danny Appleby told Teesside Live. “I was shell-shocked. He said, ‘Just forget it’s me and do what you would normally do’.”
Hardy has been involved in the world of mixed martial arts for years and is a blue belt. In 2011′s hit film “Warrior,” he played an MMA fighter and put on 28 pounds of muscle for the role.
Tom Solid’s list of references is loaded up with extreme focus scenes, from taking on Batman as Plague, to being a host for outsider symbiote Toxin and assuming the nominal part in dystopian film “Distraught Max: Wrath Street.”
Now, the blockbuster star can add martial arts champion to his list of action-packed accolades.
The 45-year-old English actor won gold at the 2022 UMAC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championships on Saturday after quietly entering the competition, organisers told CNN.
While observers and different contenders were left dazed when Tough turned up at the school corridor in Milton Keynes, Britain, coordinators said he was just “keeping his promise.”
Mohamed Itoumaine, a ref and representative for the competition’s coordinator, Extreme Hand to hand fighting Titles, told CNN on Wednesday that Solid had consented to partake in the opposition following his serene appearance at the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Title the month before. Itou Maine was an official at the prior competition in Wolverhampton.
“I was really excited and impressed because he told me at the championship that ‘I’m coming to yours next’ and kept his word,” Itoumaine said.”It is very hard to get a famous person to come to a local competition because their schedules are so busy.”
Itoumaine said UMAC kept the Hollywood star’s attendance quiet to avoid adding any pressure on Hardy ahead of the competition.
‘Venom’ actor Tom Hardy is now a champion fighter after surprise entry at a UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitionFurthermore, when Strong showed up, he made a point to convey. Itoumaine said Strong ruled his division and qualified through stages prior to bringing back home the top award.
Pictures posted via virtual entertainment show a successful Solid holding his testament made out to his genuine name “Edward Strong.”
“[Hardy] is a legit blue belt. I have over 10 years of experience as a ref and after I first saw him compete at the REORG championship, I knew he would smash it at my competition,” Itoumaine said.
“It takes devotion and difficult work to arrive at that level. He is actually, genuinely, and intellectually talented. He is somebody that needs to win in the most ideal manner, which is causing his adversary to submit and tap out.”
‘Venom’ actor Tom Hardy is now a champion fighter after surprise entry at a UK Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competition Itoumaine, a second-degree dark belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, said he intends to hold more rivalries one year from now and expectations the star will enter further competitions.