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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
4378Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4490Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4517Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4564Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5285Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5467Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5488Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5493Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5692Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5795Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5904Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5942JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6036Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6408Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6725Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6836Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
7021Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7373Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7450Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
8005James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9308Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
10025Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10211Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10480Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W 11ABSSPF2016
10707Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11308Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11618Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
12022Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
12096Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12228Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12835Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
13032Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13181Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13354Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13819Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13830Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
15150Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15346Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15434Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
16017Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
16052Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16060Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
16095DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16170Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
16175Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17590Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17615R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17621Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17627Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17633Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18928Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
19647Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLInjuryPan American100KGSF2019
20470Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W 11394KGSPF2019
20676Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGR12019
20708Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20883Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionF2W 11694KGSPF2019
23114Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO100KG4F2020
23742Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPoints3CG Kumite IIABS4F2020
23844Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionF2W 150100KGSPF2020
4153Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4154Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4491Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4492Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4499Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5460Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5461Sean RobertsSean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5600A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5939UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6721Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6731Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6813Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6831Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
7014Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
7020Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7443Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7616Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7617Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7620Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7815Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
8003Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8250Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8254Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8255Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8740Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8741Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
9021Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
9023Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
9027Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9302Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
10015Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10209Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10310Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W 872KGSPF2016
10372Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10705Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10819Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10821Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11608Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11612Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11616Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
12019Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
12024Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
12086Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12217Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12223Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12226Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12833Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
13017James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13026Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13350Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14529Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
15018Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLA Open100KGSF2018
15019Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLA Open100KGF2018
15146Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
15290Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15291Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15302Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQMarianas EPO85KGF2018
15431Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15432Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
16014Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
16019Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
16054Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
16061Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
16096DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16097DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16174Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
16358Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
16359Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17594Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17595Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17596Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18922Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18927Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019
19637Lucas MichalecWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG8F2019
19643James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20700Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12019
23532Brian GiorgioBrian GiorgioWPts: 9x2Kansas OpenO100KGSF2020
23534John HansenWPointsKansas OpenO100KGF2020

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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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