Tom Hardy Enters Martial Arts Competition and Takes Home Gold

Tom Hardy Enters Martial Arts Competition and Takes Home Gold

As if Tom Hardy couldn't get hotter, there's now news that our favorite scruffy boy entered a martial arts tournament over the weekend – and won.

As originally reported by The Guardian, Hardy entered the 2022 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championship in Milton Keynes, England as a surprise competitor facing off against sport veteran Danny Appleby in the semi-finals. When Appleby recognized his star opponent, Hardy reportedly told him, "Just forget it’s me and do what you would normally do." *insert heart eyes here*

How did Hardy even manage to not raise alarm bells at first? He entered under his real name, Edward Hardy. That's a piece of trivia you can take with you!

And don't be fooled by Hardy's star power giving him an advantage. He's genuinely a tank. "He’s a really strong guy. You wouldn’t think it with him being a celebrity," Appleby said. "I’ve done about six tournaments and I’ve been on the podium in every one. But he’s probably the toughest competitor I’ve had — he certainly lived up to his Bane character, that’s for sure.”

This is also nothing new for the actor. Hardy also won the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship in Wolverhampton, a competition that aims to raise money for military personnel, veterans and emergency service workers. REORG, which Hardy is a trustee for, teaches jiu-jitsu to those suffering from injuries, PTSD and depression.

The Guardian even obtained some footage of Hardy securing his victory, putting his opponent through the ringer with a tight leglock as the two tumbled across the floor.

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