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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
58 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    28 (48%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    6 (10%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    15 (26%)
  • BY DECISION
    8 (14%)
  • 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
4378Ricardo RezendeRicardo RezendeLPointsMiami Pro Trials85KGNA2013
4490Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteLReferee DecisionBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4514Andre GalvaoAndre GalvaoLBow and arrowPan AmericanABSR22013
4561Nate MendelsohnLN/APan American76KGR22013
5272Jurandir ConceicaoJurandir ConceicaoLFootlockPan AmericanABSR12014
5454Brian CarlsenLPts: 3x0FIVE Cali. 2ABS4F2014
5475Otavio SousaOtavio SousaLPts: 9x0WP Montreal85KGNA2014
5480Abraham MarteAbraham MarteLCross chokeWP MontrealABS4F2014
5676Roberto AbreuRoberto AbreuLN/AWorld Champ.ABSR22014
5779Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGRDS2014
5888Rafael BarbosaRafael BarbosaLPts: 4x2Dallas Open82KGSF2014
5926JT TorresJT TorresLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2014
6020Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLKneebarNoGi Worlds88KG4F2014
6388Clark GracieClark GracieLReferee DecisionUS Nat. Pro82KG4F2015
6703Yuri SimoesYuri SimoesLArmbarSF OpenABSSF2015
6814Vitor OliveiraVitor OliveiraLPts: 7x4Pan American82KG4F2015
6999Tim SpriggsTim SpriggsLReferee DecisionNY Spring OpenABSSF2015
7351Roberto AlencarRoberto AlencarLAdvWorld Champ.ABSR12015
7428Victor EstimaVictor EstimaLEstima lockWorld Champ.82KG8F2015
7983James PuopoloJames PuopoloLKneebarSanta Cruz ProO94KGF2015
9284Thiago SaThiago SaLPts: 6x4Pan American88KG8F2016
9998Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLArmbarWorld Champ.88KG8F2016
10184Diogo SampaioDiogo SampaioLN/AAmerican Nats88KGF2016
10453Rafael LovatoRafael LovatoLCross chokeF2W Pro 11ABSSPF2016
10680Keenan CorneliusKeenan CorneliusLPts: 6x0BJJ Pro LA94KGSF2016
11276Nick SchrockNick SchrockLPts: 0x0, AdvLong Beach Open94KGF2016
11575Leandro LoLeandro LoLArmbarEuropean Open94KGF2017
11971Nick SchrockNick SchrockLReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KGSF2017
12045Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0Pan AmericanABS8F2017
12177Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2017
12784Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPts: 7x2MarianasO82KGSF2017
12978Erberth SantosErberth SantosLPts: 2x0World Champ.ABS4F2017
13127Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLArm in EzekielWorld Champ.94KG8F2017
13299Josh HingerJosh HingerLGuillotineAmerican Nats94KGSF2017
13761Felipe MatosLPts: 4x0Grand Slam LA94KG4F2017
13772Felipe MatosLPts: 5x0Grand Slam LA110KG4F2017
15067Victor SilverioVictor SilverioLPts: 3x2Houston OpenABSSF2018
15263Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonLKneebarPan AmericanABSR22018
15351Leandro LoLeandro LoLPts: 2x0Pan American94KGF2018
15934Felipe PenaFelipe PenaLPointsMarianas Open100KGSF2018
15969Alexander TransAlexander TransLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
15977Roberto CyborgLReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KGSF2018
16012DJ JacksonDJ JacksonLPts: 0x0, AdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16086Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLReferee DecisionWorld Pro94KG4F2018
16091Helton JoseHelton JoseLPts: 8x0World Pro94KGRPC2018
17487Max GimenisMax GimenisLPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG4F2018
17510R. EvangelistaR. EvangelistaLToe holdKing of Mats110KGRR2018
17516Gabriel ArgesGabriel ArgesLPts: 4x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17522Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiLPts: 2x0King of Mats110KGRR2018
17528Gutemberg PereiraGutemberg PereiraLPts: 2x2, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
18791Victor HonorioVictor HonorioLPts: 6x0European OpenO100KGF2019
19475Mahamed AlyMahamed AlyLInjuryPan American100KGSF2019
20285Kaynan DuarteKaynan DuarteLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11394KGSPF2019
20483Guilherme AugustoGuilherme AugustoLPts: 6x0World Champ.100KGR12019
20515Nicholas MeregaliNicholas MeregaliLArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR22019
20684Helton JoseHelton JoseLReferee DecisionF2W Pro 11694KGSPF2019
22779Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean OpenO100KG4F2020
23321Gustavo BatistaGustavo BatistaLPoints3CG Kumite IIABS4F2020
4155Wellington DiasWellington DiasWKimuraFall Open76KGF2012
4156Augusto MendesAugusto MendesWPts: 4x0IBJJF Pro League82KG4F2012
4491Nate MendelsohnWPointsBJJ Tour82KGRR2013
4492Marcus AntelanteMarcus AntelanteWFlying triangleBJJ Tour82KGF2013
4495Gustavo DiasGustavo DiasWReferee DecisionPan AmericanABSR12013
5447Matt BakerWReferee DecisionFIVE Cali. 282KG4F2014
5448Sean RobertsWPointsFIVE Cali. 282KGSF2014
5584A. VieiraWArmbarCopa Podio77KGSPF2014
5923UnknownWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2014
6699Rodrigo FreitasRodrigo FreitasWPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6709Ken PrimolaWArmbarSF Open88KGF2015
6791Oliver GeddesOliver GeddesWPts: 3x0Pan American82KGR12015
6809Magid HageWPointsPan American82KGR32015
6992Todd BrandonWPointsNY Spring Open88KGSF2015
6998Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaWAdvNY Spring OpenABS4F2015
7421Thomas OyarzunWPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7594Sean FisherWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7595Marcos CamposWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7598Darragh OConaillDarragh OConaillWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7793Javier YamuniWPointsChicago S. Open82KGF2015
7981Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPointsSanta Cruz ProO94KGSF2015
8228Gregor GracieGregor GracieWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KG4F2015
8232Alec BauldingAlec BauldingWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA85KGSF2015
8233Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA85KGF2015
8718Jason AckermanWBow and arrowIrvine Open94KGSF2015
8719Inacio NetoInacio NetoWReferee DecisionIrvine Open94KGF2015
8999Brian MoriziWPointsSan Jose Open88KGSF2016
9001Pedro MelloPedro MelloWPts: 2x2, AdvSan Jose Open88KGF2016
9005Eliot KellyEliot KellyWPts: 4x0San Jose OpenABSF2016
9278Joshua BowlinWPts: 7x4Pan American88KGR12016
9988Gregor GracieGregor GracieWPts: 4x4, AdvWorld Champ.88KGR12016
10182Lucas BarbosaLucas BarbosaWPointsAmerican Nats88KGSF2016
10283Mauricio AlonsoWChokeF2W Pro 872KGSPF2016
10345Nick SchrockNick SchrockWPts: 5x5, AdvCh. Summer Open94KGF2016
10678Inacio NetoInacio NetoWTriangle armbarBJJ Pro LA94KG4F2016
10791Manny RochaWPts: 40x4US Open95KG4F2016
10793Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWPts: 0x0, AdvUS Open95KGSF2016
11565Tyrone GoncalvesWPointsEuropean Open94KG8F2017
11569Leandro CostaWPts: 32x0European Open94KG4F2017
11573Adam WardzinskiAdam WardzinskiWReferee DecisionEuropean Open94KGSF2017
11968Eliot KellyEliot KellyWReferee DecisionFIVE Super League92KG4F2017
11973Tarsis HumphreysTarsis HumphreysWEstima lockFIVE Super League92KG3RD2017
12035Eduardo InojosaWPts: 0x0, AdvPan AmericanABSR12017
12166Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 4x2Pan American94KG8F2017
12172Antonio AntonioliWArmbarPan American94KG4F2017
12175Dimitrius SouzaDimitrius SouzaWReferee DecisionPan American94KGSF2017
12782Joshua JeromeWChokeMarianasO82KG4F2017
12963James PuopoloJames PuopoloWArmbarWorld Champ.ABSR12017
12972Felipe BezerraFelipe BezerraWPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Champ.ABS8F2017
13295Wellington PerotoWN/AAmerican Nats94KG4F2017
14464Charles McGuireWPointsSan Antonio Open94KGF2017
14935Nicholas LaurenceWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGSF2018
14936Wellington ModenaWChoke from backLos Angeles Open100KGF2018
15063Alexandre CeconiAlexandre CeconiWPointsHouston Open100KGF2018
15207Omar SabhaWN/ASan Francisco Open100KGSF2018
15208Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWPointsSan Francisco Open100KGF2018
15219Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWDQMarianas El PasoO85KGF2018
15348Aaron JohnsonAaron JohnsonWPts: 7x2Pan American94KG4F2018
15349Arnaldo MaidanaArnaldo MaidanaWArmbarPan American94KGSF2018
15931Viking WongWPts: 4x2Marianas Open100KG4F2018
15936Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPts: 14x2Marianas Open100KG3RD2018
15971Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvKing of Mats110KGRR2018
15978Alexandre SouzaAlexandre SouzaWReferee DecisionKing of Mats110KG3RD2018
16013DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWPts: 0x0, PenWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16014DJ JacksonDJ JacksonWAdvWP US Qualifier94KGRR2018
16090Zaid SamiWPts: 4x2World Pro94KGRPC2018
16273Joseph KahawaiWPts: 5x2ACB North AmericaO95KGSF2018
16274Wellington PerotoWPts: 10x2ACB North AmericaO95KGF2018
17491Rafael VasconcelosRafael VasconcelosWReferee DecisionGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17492Helton JoseHelton JoseWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KGRR2018
17493Matheus FelipeMatheus FelipeWPts: 0x0, AdvGrand Slam LA110KG3RD2018
18785Martin GobelWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KG4F2019
18790Antonio PaduaWReferee DecisionEuropean OpenO100KGSF2019
19465Lucas MichalecWPts: 4x0Pan American100KG8F2019
19471James PuopoloJames PuopoloWReferee DecisionPan American100KG4F2019
20507Fellipe TrovoFellipe TrovoWPointsWorld Champ.ABSR12019
23157Brian GiorgioBrian GiorgioWPts: 9x2Kansas OpenO100KGSF2020
23159John 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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