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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

51 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    24 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    8 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    11 (22%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (16%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

11 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
4
#86e620
Choke
18
2
#5AD3D1
Kimura
9
1
#d1212a
Flying triangle
9
1
#fad11b
Bow and arrow
9
1
#f58822
Triangle armbar
9
1
#224aba
Estima lock
9
1
11
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
36 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (6%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    12 (33%)
  • BY DECISION
    4 (11%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

12 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
25
3
#86e620
Cross choke
17
2
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
17
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
8
1
#fad11b
Footlock
8
1
#f58822
Estima lock
8
1
#224aba
Arm in ezekiel
8
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
8
1
12
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4338Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4444Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4468Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4511Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5203Jurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5385Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5405Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5410Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5600Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5702Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5804Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5836JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5929Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNo Gi Worlds88KG4F2014
6272Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6583Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6694Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6874Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7219Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7295Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7833James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9083Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9788Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
9970Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10220Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10420Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
10998Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11251Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11607Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11681Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
11813Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12385Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12561Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12710Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
12877Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13269Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13280Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
4121Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4122Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4445Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4446Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4449Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5378Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5379Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5508A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5833UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6579Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6589Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6671Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6689Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6867Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6873Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7288Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7452Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7453Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7456Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7645Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7831Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8063Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8067Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8068Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8545Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8546Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8812Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8814Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8817Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9077Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9778Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
9968Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10064Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10115Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10418Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10530Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10532Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11241Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11245Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11249Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11604Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11609Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11671Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
11802Aaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
11808Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
11811Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12383Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12546James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12555Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
12873Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
13886Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017

Tanner Rice vs Augusto Mendes

Tanner Rice vs Javier Yamuni

Tanner Rice vs Inácio Neto

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