Now, the blockbuster star can add martial arts champion to his record of action-packed accolades.
The 45-year-old English actor gained gold on the 2022 UMAC Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Open Championships on Saturday after quietly getting into the competitors, organizers informed CNN.
Whereas bystanders and different opponents had been left shocked when Hardy turned up on the college corridor in Milton Keynes, England, organizers mentioned he was merely “keeping his word.”
Mohamed Itoumaine, a referee and spokesman for the match’s organizer, Final Martial Arts Championships, informed CNN on Wednesday that Hardy had agreed to participate within the competitors following his low-key look on the REORG Open Jiu-Jitsu Championship final month. Itoumaine was a referee on the earlier match 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 mentioned.”It is very hard to get a famous person to come to a local competition because their schedules are so busy.”
Itoumaine mentioned UMAC stored the Hollywood star’s attendance quiet to keep away from including any strain on Hardy forward of the competitors.
And when Hardy arrived, he made certain to ship. Itoumaine mentioned Hardy dominated his division and certified by means of phases earlier than taking residence the highest prize.
“[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 mentioned.
“It takes dedication and hard work to reach that level. He is technically, physically, and mentally skilled. He is someone that wants to win in the best possible way, which is making his opponent submit and tap out.”
Itoumaine, a second-degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mentioned he plans to carry extra competitions subsequent yr and hopes the star will enter additional tournaments.
CNN contacted Hardy’s representatives for remark.