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Tanner Rice

Tanner Rice

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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 World Champion (2012 brown)
  • IBJJF Pan American Champion (2009 junior blue)
  • IBJJF American National Champion (2015)
  • UAEJJF Grand Slam Champion – Los Angeles(2015)
  • IBJJF Irvine Open Champion (2015)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship Runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF European Open Championship Runner-up (2017)
  • IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro Championship Runner-up (2015)
  • IBJJF World Championship 3rd Place (2009 junior blue)
  • IBJJF Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2012 brown, 2011 purple)
  • IBJJF American National Championship 3rd Place (2014)

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

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    22 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    7 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    9 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

9 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
33
3
#86e620
Kimura
11
1
#5AD3D1
Flying triangle
11
1
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
11
1
#fad11b
Choke
11
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
11
1
#224aba
Estima lock
11
1
9
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
30 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (7%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    10 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (13%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

10 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
30
3
#86e620
Cross choke
20
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
20
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
10
1
#fad11b
Footlock
10
1
#f58822
Estima lock
10
1
10
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4264Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4370Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4394Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4437Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5116Jurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5298Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS1/4F2014
5317Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5322Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS1/4F2014
5506Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5609Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5712Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5744JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5837Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNo Gi Worlds88KG1/4F2014
6169Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG1/4F2015
6477Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6588Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG1/4F2015
6768Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7110Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7185Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG1/8F2015
7721James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
8959Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG1/8F2016
9663Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG1/8F2016
9845Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10087Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10284Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
10854Nick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11083Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11438Nick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11512Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS1/8F2017
11644Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
4056Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4057Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG1/4F2012
4371Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4372Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4375Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5291Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG1/4F2014
5292Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5419A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5741UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG1/4F2014
6473Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS1/4F2015
6483Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6565Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6583Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6761Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6767Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS1/4F2015
7178Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7342Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG1/4F2015
7343Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7346Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7534Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7719Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
7948Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG1/4F2015
7952Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
7953Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8427Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8428Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8688Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8690Pedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8693Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
8953Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9653Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
9843Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
9939Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
9985Nick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10282Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG1/4F2016
10390Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG1/4F2016
10392Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11073Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG1/8F2017
11077Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG1/4F2017
11081Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11435Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG1/4F2017
11440Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11502Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
11633Aaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG1/8F2017
11639Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG1/4F2017
11642Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017

Tanner Rice vs Augusto Mendes

Tanner Rice vs Javier Yamuni

Tanner Rice vs Inácio Neto

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