Tom Hardy is known for playing tough guys on screen, but the actor is far from a pretender. Footage of Hardy in a Jiu-jitsu tournament has recently gone viral, with the 44-year-old showing off some serious skills on the mat to claim the gold medal. To be fair to his challengers, we wouldn’t like to face Bane in the ring either.
“What did you do this weekend?”
“Nothing, just got arm-barred by Bane at a BJJ tournament 🙃”
Tom Hardy 🔥😅pic.twitter.com/39S8Vq5hxi
— Screen Off Script (@ScreenOffScript) August 22, 2022
According to The Sun, the Venom star competed at the REORG Open Jiu-jitsu Championship at Aldersley Leisure Village. REORG is a charity organisation that provides jiu-jitsu training for “disabled combat veterans in the UK suffering from either serious injuries or post-traumatic stress disorder”.
The viral clip on social media shows Hardy going to work on his opponent from the top position. At one stage, he looks to have lost position but quickly regained dominance by transitioning to his opponent’s left arm. From there, he shifts into an arm bar, and after trying to pull the left arm away, eventually forces the tap to get the win.
Hardy, a huge combat sports fan, trained in MMA for the 2011 film Warrior and has had experience fighting in several roles. They include playing Alfie Solomons in peaky Blinders and the Kray twin in Legend. Considering his elite performance, perhaps a Jake Paul-esque celebrity MMA fight is on the cards in the future? Somebody get Dana White on the phone and tell him to prepare the contract.
Tom Hardy is an animal on the BJJ Mat. He’s had two fights, won both by armbar. pic.twitter.com/Ll6mCwU3NO
— Robbie (@RobbiePoirier10) August 20, 2022