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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
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
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
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
15
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Tanner Rice Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
4380Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4492Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4516Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4563Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5278Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5460Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5481Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5486Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5685Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5788Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5897Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5935JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6029Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6397Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6714Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6825Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
7010Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7362Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7439Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7994James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9297Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
10014Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10200Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10469Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W 11ABSSPF2016
10696Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11297Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11602Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
12006Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
12080Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12212Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12819Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
13016Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13165Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13338Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13802Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13813Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
15117Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15313Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15401Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15984Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
16019Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
16027Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
16062DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16136Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
16141Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17547Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17572R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17578Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17584Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17590Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18870Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
19576Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLInjuryPan American100KGSF2019
20395Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W 11394KGSPF2019
20597Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGR12019
20629Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20804Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionF2W 11694KGSPF2019
23002Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO100KG4F2020
23623Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPoints3CG Kumite IIABS4F2020
23724Romulo BarralRomulo BarralLReferee DecisionF2W 150100KGSPF2020
4155Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4156Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4493Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4494Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4497Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5453Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5454Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5593A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5932UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6710Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6720Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6802Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6820Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
7003Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
7009Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7432Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7605Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7606Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7609Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7804Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7992Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8239Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8243Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8244Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8729Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8730Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
9010Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
9012Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
9016Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9291Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
10004Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10198Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10299Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W 872KGSPF2016
10361Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10694Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10808Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10810Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11592Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11596Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11600Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
12003Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
12008Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
12070Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12201Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12207Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12210Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12817Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
13001James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
13010Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13334Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14507Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14985Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14986Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
15113Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
15257Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15258Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15269Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15398Tex JohnsonTex JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15399Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15981Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15986Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
16021Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
16028Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
16063DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16064DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16140Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
16323Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
16324Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17551Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17552Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17553Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18864Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18869Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019
19566Lucas MichalecWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG8F2019
19572James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20621Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12019
23413Brian GiorgioBrian GiorgioWPts: 9x2Kansas OpenO100KGSF2020
23415John 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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