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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: Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Rolls Gracie > Romero Cavalcanti > Alexandre Paiva>Fernando Augusto > Rubens Charles > Tanner Rice

Main Achievements:

  • 1st Place IBJJF American Nationals (2015)
  • 1st Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2015)
  • 1st Place IBJJF Irvine Open (2015)
  • 1st Place ACBJJ North American Championship (2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Pan Championship (2017 / 2018)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF European Open (2017 / 2019)
  • 2nd Place IBJJF Santa Cruz Pro (2015)
  • 3rd Place UAEJJF Grand Slam, LA (2019)

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

78 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    37 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    12 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    14 (18%)
  • BY DECISION
    13 (17%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    1 (1%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (1%)

14 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Armbar
36
5
#86e620
Choke
14
2
#5AD3D1
Choke from back
14
2
#d1212a
Bow and arrow
7
1
#fad11b
Triangle armbar
7
1
#f58822
Estima lock
7
1
#224aba
Kimura
7
1
#ff9124
Flying triangle
7
1
14
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
59 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (47%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    9 (15%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

15 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Armbar
27
4
#86e620
Kneebar
20
3
#5AD3D1
Cross choke
13
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
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4379Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4491Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4515Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4562Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5277Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5459Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5480Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5485Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5684Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5787Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5896Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5934JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6028Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6396Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6713Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6824Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
7009Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7361Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7438Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7993James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9296Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
10013Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10199Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10468Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W 11ABSSPF2016
10695Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11296Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11601Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
12005Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
12079Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12211Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12818Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
13015Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13164Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13337Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13801Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13812Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
15116Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15312Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15400Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15983Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
16018Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16026Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
16061DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16135Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
16140Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17546Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17571R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17577Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17583Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17589Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18871Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
19582Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLInjuryPan American100KGSF2019
20402Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W 11394KGSPF2019
20605Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGR12019
20637Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20812Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionF2W 11694KGSPF2019
23012Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO100KG4F2020
23633Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPoints3CG Kumite IIABS4F2020
23734Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionF2W 150100KGSPF2020
4154Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4155Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4492Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4493Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4496Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5452Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5453Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5592A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5931UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6709Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6719Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6801Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6819Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
7002Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
7008Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7431Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7604Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7605Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7608Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7803Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7991Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8238Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8242Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8243Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8728Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8729Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
9009Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
9011Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
9015Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9290Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
10003Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10197Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10298Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W 872KGSPF2016
10360Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10693Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10807Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10809Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11591Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11595Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11599Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
12002Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
12007Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
12069Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12200Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12206Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12209Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12816Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
13000James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13009Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13333Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14506Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14984Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14985Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
15112Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
15256Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15257Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15268Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15397Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15398Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15980Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15985Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
16020Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
16027Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
16062DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16063DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16139Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
16322Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
16323Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17550Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17551Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17552Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18865Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18870Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019
19572Lucas MichalecWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG8F2019
19578James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20629Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12019
23423Brian GiorgioBrian GiorgioWPts: 9x2Kansas OpenO100KGSF2020
23425John HansenWPointsKansas OpenO100KGF2020

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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