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Tanner Rice is a Brazilian jiu jitsu black belt under Rubens Charles “Cobrinha”, who became known as the first American born athlete to be promoted by the respected Alliance coach. Rice earned the rank at the age of 19, after winning the 2012 IBJJF world title, being at the time the youngest US native to achieve this deed. Later that year, in his black belt debut, Rice defeated two of the sport’s biggest names (“Megaton” Dias and “Tanquinho” Mendes) cementing his name as one of the most talented athletes in his division.

Tanner Rice Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Tanner Wade Rice

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva>Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Tanner Rice

Main Achievements:

  • IBJJF American National Champion (2015)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Champion – Los Angeles (2015)
  • IBJJF Irvine Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 2nd Place (2017/2018)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship 2nd Place (2017)
  • IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro Championship 2nd Place (2015)

Main Achievements (Colored Belts):

  • IBJJF World Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2009 junior blue)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2009 junior blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown, 2011 purple)

Favorite Position/Technique: Open Guard

Weight Division: Peso Leve (76kg/167lbs), Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: Rice Brothers

Tanner Rice Biography

Tanner Rice was born on the 2nd of January, 1993 in Redding – California, United States of America.

Being the son of Rod Rice, a black belt and former student of John Dill (who himself was a student of “Dirty Donzen‘s” own James Boran) it didn’t come as a surprise that Tanner had his initiation in the sport at the young age of 6.

Although Rod took care of the majority of Tanner’s early tuition, awarding him his blue belt (and brown belt years later), Rice’s jiu jitsu was also influenced by coaches John Dill and James Boran.

As a blue belt, around 2008, Tanner met and befriended Carlos Diego Ferreira who was staying in the US for a few months. The friendship between the two led Tanner to follow his friend to his hometown of Manaus in Brazil. Although Tanner was only 16 years of age and did not speak a word of Portuguese, he remained in the Amazonas capital for 1 year, being accommodated in Carlos Diego’s house while training at his Master’s academy – the legendary Clube Pina of Master Faustino Neto, from which great competitors such as Bibiano Fernandes, Carlos Holanda Vieira, Manuel Ribamar and many others emerged.

Tanner left Brazil after 1 year but carried on making frequent trips to Manaus, spending in total around 2.5 years in that South American territory, earning his purple belt from Carlos Diego Ferreira.

The Rice family opened their own academy, Amazonas Jiu Jitsu (now Rice Brothers), in 2008. Later Tanner and his brothers (Sam and Matthew) affiliated themselves with Rubens Charles‘ academy in Los Angeles. The 4x World Champion helped Tanner improve and earn his own world title as a brown belt (2012). Tanner earned his black belt from Cobrinha after this tremendous achievement, and went on to have a successful debut, defeating two very well known competitors at the IBJJF Pro League.

Tanner Rice and his academy ended up severing ties with Rubens Charles and his Alliance team due to a conflict of interests. In having the goal of becoming a black belt world champion, Rice believed his road to success was barricaded by the many senior team members already on the Alliance team, who competed in the same weight category. Rice knew he would likely need to “give way” to his senior peers at the major tournaments in the sport’s calendar.

Tanner Rice Grappling Record

72 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    12 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
5
#86e620
Choke from back
14
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
14
2
#d1212a
Kimura
7
1
#fad11b
Flying triangle
7
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
7
1
#224aba
Triangle armbar
7
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
51 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (12%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Kneebar
21
3
#86e620
Armbar
21
3
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
14
2
#d1212a
Guillotine
7
1
#fad11b
Toe hold
7
1
#f58822
Bow and arrow
7
1
#224aba
Footlock
7
1
#ff9124
Estima lock
7
1
#bf1f6c
Arm in ezekiel
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4348Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4460Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4484Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4531Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5234Jurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5416Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5436Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5441Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5636Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5739Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5848Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5880JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5974Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6329Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6645Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6756Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6941Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7292Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7369Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7920James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9209Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9918Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10104Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10366Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10589Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11181Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11458Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11843Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11917Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12049Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12642Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12830Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12979Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13147Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13605Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13616Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
14820Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15003Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15091Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15607Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
15642Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
15650Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
15682DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15752Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
15757Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17074Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17094R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17100Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17106Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17112Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18255Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
4127Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4128Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4461Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4462Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4465Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5409Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5410Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5544A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5877UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6641Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6651Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6733Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6751Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6934Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6940Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7362Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7531Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7532Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7535Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7730Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7918Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8164Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8168Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8169Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8654Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8655Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8925Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8927Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8930Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9203Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9908Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10102Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10198Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10258Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10587Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10699Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10701Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11448Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11452Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11456Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11840Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11845Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11907Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12038Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12044Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12047Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12640Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12815James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12824Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13143Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14288Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14692Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14693Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
14816Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
14949Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
14950Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15088Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15089Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15604Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15609Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
15644Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15651Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
15683DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15684DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15756Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
15930Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
15931Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17078Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17079Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17080Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18249Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18254Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019

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Tanner Rice vs Javier Yamuni

Tanner Rice vs Inácio Neto

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