About Emory Andrew Tate
Emory Andrew Tate III (born December 1, 1986) is a British-American social media personality, businessman, and former professional kickboxer. Tate’s father was Emory Tate Jr., a skilled chess player who won the US Armed Forces championship three times and defeated numerous grandmasters during his career.
Tate is of mixed African-American and English descent and has two younger siblings, including his brother Tristan, who appeared on the reality TV show Shipwrecked: The Island. After his parents divorced, his mother took the children to Luton, England.
Tate started practicing boxing and other martial arts in 2005 and worked in the TV advertising industry to support himself. In November 2008, he was ranked the seventh-best light heavyweight kickboxer in Britain by the International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA). In 2009, he gained his first championship when he won the British ISKA Full Contact Cruiserweight Championship in Derby and was ranked number one in his division in Europe. Tate’s kickboxing nickname was “King Cobra”.
In 2011, Tate won his first ISKA world title in a rematch against Jean-Luc Benoit via knockout, having previously lost to Benoit by decision. In 2012, Tate lost the Enfusion championship tournament to Franci Grajš. Before his loss, he was ranked the second-best light-heavyweight kickboxer in the world. In 2013, Tate won his second ISKA world title in a 12-round match against Vincent Petitjean, making him the world champion in two weight divisions.
Tate avenged a 2011 loss to Vincent Petitjean and won his second ISKA world title in twelve rounds of two minutes. The fight was held in Châteaurenard, France on March 9, 2013, with Tate taking ISKA World Full-Contact Light Cruiserweight Championship via split decision. Andrew defended the title one year later, also in the Power Trophy event, stopping Cyril Vetter early in the first round.
After taking four victories in the Enfusion Live ring in 2013 over David Radeff, Marino Schouten, Marlon Hunt, and Laszlo Szabo, Tate participated in a four-man tournament to determine Enfusion Live -85 kg World Champion, alongside Mirko Cingel, Jiří Žák, and Rustam Guseinov. The tournament was held in Žilina, Slovakia on April 26, 2014, Tate lost in the semifinals to local fighter and tournament winner, Miroslav Cingel, via unanimous decision.
Despite losing in the semifinals of the tournament for Enfusion Live -85 kg championship Tate got the opportunity to fight for Enfusion Live -90 kg championship against kickboxing veteran Wendell Roche on June 28, 2014. Andrew won the title in the second round, becoming the second fighter that stopped Roche in his career of 200 fights total.