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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

76 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    35 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
5
#86e620
Choke
14
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
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
55 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    27 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (9%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    7 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
27
4
#86e620
Kneebar
20
3
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
13
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
7
1
#fad11b
Footlock
7
1
#f58822
Estima lock
7
1
#224aba
Arm in ezekiel
7
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
7
1
#bf1f6c
Toe hold
7
1
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4362Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4474Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4498Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4545Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5256Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5438Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5458Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5463Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5659Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5762Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5871Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5909JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6003Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6364Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6680Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6791Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6976Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7327Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7404Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7959James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9250Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9961Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10147Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10411Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10638Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11231Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11519Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11905Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11979Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12111Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12706Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12898Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13047Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13215Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13673Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13684Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
14935Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15132Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15220Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15789Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
15824Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
15832Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
15864DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15934Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
15939Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17298Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17318R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17324Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17330Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17336Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18547Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
19196Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLInjuryPan American100KGSF2019
19984Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11394KGSPF2019
20172Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGR12019
20204Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
4139Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4140Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4475Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4476Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4479Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5431Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5432Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5567A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5906UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6676Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6686Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6768Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6786Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6969Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6975Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7397Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7570Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7571Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7574Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7769Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7957Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8204Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8208Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8209Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8694Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8695Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8965Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8967Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8971Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9244Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9951Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10145Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10241Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10303Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10636Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10748Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10750Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11509Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11513Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11517Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11902Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11907Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11969Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12100Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12106Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12109Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12704Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12883James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12892Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13211Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14358Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14805Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14806Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
14931Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
15076Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15077Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15088Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15217Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15218Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15786Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15791Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
15826Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15833Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
15865DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15866DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15938Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
16116Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
16117Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17302Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17303Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17304Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18541Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18546Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019
19186Lucas MichalecWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG8F2019
19192James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20196Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12019

Tanner Rice vs Augusto Mendes

Tanner Rice vs Javier Yamuni

Tanner Rice vs Inácio Neto

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One Comment

  • jerry says:

    My son is one of tanners students at Rice Bro"s bjj he is the best coach ive ever been around he cares alot about his students thanks for your time….

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