Before Andrew Tate rose to prominence as one of the most polarizing social media influencers in the world, he primarily competed as a kickboxer, besides briefly trying his hand at MMA as well.
Tate commenced kickboxing training in 2005 and debuted around 2007. He's amassed a kickboxing record of 76 wins and 9 defeats, with 23 wins coming via KO/TKO.
'King Cobra' competed in his final kickboxing match in December 2020, defeating Cosmin Lingurar via second-round TKO. Following that, Tate is believed to have retired from kickboxing. This was purportedly due to the multiple eye injuries and eye surgeries the 36-year-old British-American athlete dealt with during his career as a fighter.
Back in November 2008, the International Sport Kickboxing Association (ISKA) had Tate ranked as the seventh-best light heavyweight kickboxer in Britain. Besides, in 2009, Tate secured his first kickboxing championship, namely the British ISKA Full Contact Cruiserweight Championship. 'King Cobra' was also ranked No. 1 in the cruiserweight division in Europe at the time.
Tate captured the ISKA World Full-Contact Light Heavyweight Title by defeating Jean-Luc Benoît via KO in their rematch in 2011, marking the first time he captured a world title. He came up short in a few other title fights later on, including in a vicious knockout defeat against Franci Grajš in the Enfusion championship tournament in 2012.
Regardless, Tate eventually became a two-weight champion by winning the ISKA World Full-Contact Light Cruiserweight Title by beating Vincent Petitjean via split decision in 2013.
Furthermore, Andrew Tate boasts an exhibition MMA record of 2 wins and 1 loss -- with one win via submission, one by decision, and his lone loss coming via decision.
Tate's professional MMA record also stands at 2-1 -- with one victory coming via knockout and the other by decision. His lone professional MMA defeat came via decision. His last professional MMA fight was a first-round KO win over Shane Kavanagh in June 2010.
What's next for Andrew Tate after being arrested alongside his brother Tristan Tate?
Back in 2016, Andrew Tate cut down on his kickboxing pursuits and turned his focus toward becoming a more successful social media influencer. He and his younger brother Tristan Tate (also a veteran kickboxer) gradually garnered notoriety as self-proclaimed misogynists, owing to their controversial statements as internet celebrities.
Andrew Tate ascended to superstardom in mid-2022, becoming the most-searched influencer of the year. However, he and Tristan Tate were arrested in Romania in December 2022 on charges in connection to organized crime, human trafficking, and sexual assault. Their second appeal against detention was recently rejected and the Tate brothers are expected to be in jail till February 27, at the very least.
The Tate brothers -- who own multiple businesses the world over, including in Romania -- have consistently refuted the accusations levied against them. Investigations regarding Andrew Tate, Tristan Tate, and their supposed criminal accomplices' alleged crimes are still underway in Romania. However, Tate has remained active on Twitter during his stay in jail.