Tai Emery (born January 3, 1987) is an Australian mixed martial artist, bare-knuckle boxer, and model with a height of 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m). The MMA fighter garnered attention after exposing her breasts as she celebrated defeating her opponent at the Bare-Knuckle championship in 2022.
Tai has had an exciting and awe-inspiring career despite her rough childhood and teenage days. From a model who posed for a couple of Australian magazines and a qualified electrical contractor, Tai transitioned into combat sports and has rapidly become a must-see. The former model, who grew up with an immense passion for sports, was a former member of the Legends Football League (LFL). She played football with the League for 4 seasons before eventually diving into Combat Sport. Here are things you didn’t know about her.
Tai Emery Biography Summary
- Full Name: Tai Emery
- Date of Birth: January 3, 1987
- Place of Birth: Gladstone, Queensland, Australia.
- Ethnicity: White
- Nationality: Australian
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
- Education: Toolooa State High School.
- Profession: MMA Fighter, Model, Electrician, and Bare-Knuckle Boxer
- Height: 5 feet 4 inches (1.63 m or 163 cm)
- Weight: 56 kg (125 lbs.)
- Marital Status: Single
- Tai Emery’s Sibling: Tani Emery
- Instagram: @tai_emery
- Twitter: @tai_emery
What is Tai Emery Nationality?
Tai Emery is Australian by nationality. She was born under the Capricorn birth sign on January 3, 1987, in Gladstone Central, Queensland, Australia. Much about her parents is not known, including their first names and what they do for a living, but it has been reported that her father is a native Maori from New Zealand, while her mother, Lisa Hughes, is Australian.
Tai was raised alongside her younger sister, Tani Emery, in Queensland, Australia, until the family separated when she was eight years of age. The fighter attended a primary school in Gladstone where she served as a school captain and later attended Toolooa State High School. While in high school, she served as a house captain and a student executive.
Despite her involvement in other extracurricular school activities, Tai was not found wanting in her academics, as she excelled in science and graduated with flying colors.
Tai Grew Up in Two Adoption Homes and Worked Nightshift Jobs in High School
Tai Emery’s childhood and teenage days were anything but smooth and blissful. After her parents got separated, she was put in the system and subsequently went through two adoption homes before she eventually grew out of it.
At the age of 14 or 15 years, she joined the Wipers family, her first adoption home. Later on, she was sent to the Conolly family. Her younger sister, Tani Emery, on the other hand, was adopted by a family in the United States of America. Tani is currently working as a Financial Services Specialist at Commonwealth Bank.
During her time in the adoption homes, Tai went through experiences that taught her the importance of hard work and determination. To break free from the world she was thrown into, the Australian bare-knuckle fighter worked two jobs to take care of her bills. She worked the night shift at Golden Chicken and Packing Shelves till 2 am.
Tai Emery Found Work as a Model and Electrician
Considering Tai Emery’s impressive high school record, one would think that she would have pursued her education further, but alas, she decided to forfeit a collegiate degree and her childhood dream of joining the air force to serve her country. After graduating high school, Tai decided to venture into modeling.
The Australian Bare-Knuckle Champion was inspired to pursue modeling by a close friend who taught her how to use mascara and eyeliner. Straight out of high school, Tai began her modeling career posing for Australian magazines like Ralph and Zoom. While modeling, she enrolled in a 4-year electrician apprenticeship program where she trained to become a qualified electrical contractor and thermographer. During this time, Tai made sure to maintain a strict balance between her two careers, making sure to not jeopardize one career at the expense of another.
At the age of 23, Tai founded her own business during the great recession period that hit the world between 2007-2009. During this period, businesses were forced to close down, resulting in unemployment among people. Due to the harsh reality, Tai was forced into founding her business in Cairns, Australia. Years later, she worked in the Atlantis Nightclub in 2012 and eventually got employed at Thermoscan, where she worked as a Former Thermal Technician from 2013 to 2015.
She Had a Short But Inspiring Legends Football League Career
Tai Emery grew up as a sports enthusiast and was involved in sporting activities since her primary and high school days. Fortunately for her, she got the opportunity to pursue her passion professionally. While working as an electrician in Australia, Tai was granted the opportunity to participate in an audition for the Legends Football League (LFL) through a friend who made the LFL squad following a trial in Brisbane.
The Australian bare-knuckle fighter was selected in the audition rounds and played her debut season for the Queensland Brigade in Australia. Tai had an outstanding debut season which attracted scouts from different teams, including Atlanta, Omaha, and Las Vegas. Fascinated by the gyms in Las Vegas, she committed to playing for Las Vegas Sin and turned down all other offers. After playing four seasons with LFL, Tai decided to quit and explore new horizons.
Tai Emery Fights in the Bare-Knuckle Championship
Tai Emery began her combat fighting career after her move to Atlanta, where she joined the American Top Team gym and participated in MMA training. While training at the gym, she met Misha Tate, who inspired her to pursue Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) professionally.
Misha Tate’s presence in Tai’s life opened the door to a wide new experience and challenges that the Australian Bare-Knuckle boxer decided to explore and enjoy. Tai’s decision to pursue MMA professionally was backed by vigorous training and hard work, which led her to two amateur MMA fights against Angel Blackwell as well as Chloe Greeley. Although the Australian Bare-Knuckle fighter lost both fights to her opponents, she proved herself worthy in combat sport.
Following her exploit in Mixed Martial Artist (MMA), Tai moved to Thailand, where she participated in the Lingerie Fighting Championship (LFC) but lost to Cindy Dandois in 2021. In the same year, she signed up for Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC) and made her debut in 2022.
On September 3, 2022, Tai fought and defeated Thai Rung-Arun Khunchai a few seconds into the first round. She knocked her opponent unconscious with a two-punch combination, a right uppercut, and a left hook. But more than her performance, it was her wild celebration that nudged her to the spotlight. The Australian Bare-Knuckle fighter jumped on the ropes, startling the audience as she lifted her shirt and flashed her breasts.
What is Tai Emery Height and Weight?
The Australian dual sport athlete falls within the category of average tall combat fighters. Tai stands at 5 feet 4 inches (163cm/1.63m) tall, which makes her exactly within the height range of combat fighters like Weili Zhang. However, compared to the average height of an Australian woman, Tai is an inch shorter.
According to Insider.com, an average Australian man stands at 5 feet 10 Inches, while an average Austrian woman is 5 feet 5 inches off the ground. The former Legends Football League player turned Bare Knuckle fighter falls within the Flyweight BKFC weight class. She had a body weight of around 56.7 kg (125 lbs.) for her first fight on the BKFC circuit against Thailand’s Rung Arun Khunchai, who also weighs 56.7 kg.
Is Tai Emery on Social Media?
Tai Emery became an online sensation after her wild celebratory performance at her Bare-Knuckle Championship debut. Due to this, her social media pages as seen an increase in fan following. The Australian dual-sport athlete is very active on her social media pages, her @tai_emery official Instagram account has amassed 132k followers with a total of 3000 posts. She often posts her gym pictures, modeling pictures, and interview videos on her Instagram account.
Moreover, she is active on her Twitter account @tai_emery, where she has seen a sharp increase in fan following. She created the page in December 2010 and currently has 16.4k followers with a total of 12.8k Tweets.