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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

70 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    33 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (17%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (20%)
  • BY DECISION
    10 (14%)
  • 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
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
50 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    25 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (28%)
  • 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
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
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4347Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4455Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4479Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4526Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5229Jurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5411Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5431Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5436Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5631Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5734Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5843Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5875JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
5969Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6323Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6639Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6750Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6935Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7286Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7363Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7914James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9202Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9911Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10097Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10359Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10575Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11167Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11442Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11824Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11898Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12030Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12618Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12801Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
12950Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13118Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13566Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13577Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
14763Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
14946Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15034Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15544Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
15579Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
15587Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
15619DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15689Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
15694Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
16974Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
16994R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17000Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17006Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17012Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
4126Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4127Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4456Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4457Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4460Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5404Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5405Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5539A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5872UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6635Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6645Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6727Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6745Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6928Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6934Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7356Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7525Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7526Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7529Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7724Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7912Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8158Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8162Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8163Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8648Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8649Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8919Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8921Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8924Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9196Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9901Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10095Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10191Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10251Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10573Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10685Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10687Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11432Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11436Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11440Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11821Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11826Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11888Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12019Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12025Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12028Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12616Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12786James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12795Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13114Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14232Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14635Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14636Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
14759Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
14892Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
14893Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15031Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15032Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15541Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15546Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
15581Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15588Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
15620DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15621DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15693Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
15867Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
15868Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
16978Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
16979Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
16980Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018

Tanner Rice vs Augusto Mendes

Tanner Rice vs Javier Yamuni

Tanner Rice vs Inácio Neto

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