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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

67 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (49%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    10 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (21%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
5
#86e620
Choke
14
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
2
#d1212a
Triangle armbar
7
1
#fad11b
Estima lock
7
1
#f58822
Kimura
7
1
#224aba
Flying triangle
7
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
45 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    23 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    3 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    13 (29%)
  • BY DECISION
    6 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

13 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
23
3
#86e620
Kneebar
23
3
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
15
2
#d1212a
Estima lock
8
1
#fad11b
Arm in ezekiel
8
1
#f58822
Guillotine
8
1
#224aba
Bow and arrow
8
1
#ff9124
Footlock
8
1
13
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4337Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4445Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4469Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4516Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5220Jurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5402Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5422Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5427Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5622Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5725Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5832Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5864JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5958Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6304Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6620Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6731Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6916Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7265Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7341Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7886James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9158Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9863Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10048Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10306Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10516Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11100Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11361Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11724Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11798Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11930Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12513Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12693Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12842Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13009Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13424Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13435Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
14595Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
14776Aaron JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
14864Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15347Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
15382Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
15390Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
15422DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15491Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
15496Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
4120Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4121Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4446Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4447Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4450Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5395Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5396Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5530A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5861UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6616Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6626Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6708Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6726Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6909Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6915Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7334Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7500Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7501Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7504Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7696Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7884Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8128Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8132Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8133Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8616Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8617Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8885Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8887Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8890Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9152Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9853Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10046Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10142Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10198Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10514Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10626Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10628Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11351Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11355Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11359Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11721Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11726Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11788Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
11919Aaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
11925Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
11928Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12511Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12678James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12687Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13005Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14069Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14470Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14471Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
14591Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
14722Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
14723Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
14861Aaron JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
14862Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15344Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15349Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
15384Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15391Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
15423DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15424DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15495Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
15669Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
15670Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018

Tanner Rice vs Augusto Mendes

Tanner Rice vs Javier Yamuni

Tanner Rice vs Inácio Neto

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