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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

74 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    34 (46%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (16%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (19%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (18%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
5
#86e620
Choke from back
14
2
#5AD3D1
Choke
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
52 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    26 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (27%)
  • 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
Estima lock
7
1
#fad11b
Arm in ezekiel
7
1
#f58822
Guillotine
7
1
#224aba
Toe hold
7
1
#ff9124
Bow and arrow
7
1
#bf1f6c
Footlock
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4361Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4473Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4497Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4544Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5255Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5437Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5457Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5462Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5658Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5761Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5870Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5908JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6002Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6363Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6679Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6790Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6975Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7326Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7403Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7958James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9249Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9960Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10146Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10410Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10637Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11230Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11517Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11903Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
11977Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12109Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12704Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12896Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13045Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in ezekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13213Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13671Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13682Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
14903Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15088Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15176Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15713Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
15748Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
15756Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
15788DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15858Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
15863Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17211Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17231R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17237Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17243Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17249Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18414Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
19050Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLInjuryPan American100KGSF2019
4138Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4139Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4474Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4475Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4478Gustavo EliasGustavo EliasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5430Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5431Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5566A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5905UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6675Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6685Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6767Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6785Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6968Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6974Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7396Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7569Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7570Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7573Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7768Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7956Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8203Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8207Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8208Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8693Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8694Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8964Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
8966Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
8970Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9243Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9950Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10144Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10240Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10302Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10635Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10747Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10749Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11507Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11511Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11515Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11900Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11905Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
11967Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12098Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12104Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12107Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12702Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12881James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12890Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13209Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14353Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14773Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14774Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
14899Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
15034Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15035Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15173Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15174Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15710Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15715Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
15750Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15757Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
15789DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15790DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
15862Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
16040Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
16041Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17215Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17216Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17217Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18408Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18413Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019
19040Lucas MichalecWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG8F2019
19046James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019

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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