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Darragh O’Conaill is an Irish born Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt under Saulo and Alexandre Ribeiro, being also one of the top middleweights in the European grappling circuit. One of the original competitors in the famous ‘Lloyd Irvin BJJ Kumite’ tournament (2013), O’Conaill is also an EBI veteran as well as an American and European No-Gi champion, additionally to him running the East Coast Jiu-Jitsu Academy, one of the most successful jiu-jitsu gyms in Dublin – Ireland.

Darragh O’Conaill Jiu Jitsu

Full Name: Darragh O’Conaill

Nickname: n/a

Lineage: Mitsuyo Maeda > Carlos Gracie > Helio Gracie > Royler Gracie > Saulo Ribeiro > (Alexandre Ribeiro >) Darragh O’Conaill

Main Achievement:

  • European No-Gi Open Champion (2018)
  • London Open Champion (2014)
  • Finnish No-Gi Open Champion (2016)
  • London Fall Open Champion (2016)
  • London Open No-Gi Champion (2014)
  • American National No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • European No-Gi Open Championship Runner-up (2017)
  • Rome Open Championship Runner-up (2015)
  • American National Championship Runner-up (2015)
  • European No-Gi Open Championship 3rd Place (2015)

Main Achievement (Colored Belts):

  • European No-Gi Open Champion (2012/2013 brown)
  • London Open Champion (2011/2012/2013 brown)
  • London Open No-Gi Champion (2013 brown)
  • Rome Open Champion (2013 brown)
  • European No-Gi Open Championship Runner-up (2014 brown)
  • London Open Championship Runner-up (2012 brown absolute)
  • European No-Gi Open Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown)
  • European Open Championship 3rd Place (2012/2013 brown)
  • Pan American Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown)

Favorite Position/Technique: Baseball bat choke

Weight Division: Peso Médio (82kg/181lbs)

Team/Association: East Coast Jiu-Jitsu

Darragh O’Conaill Biography

Darragh O’Conaill was born on June 23, 1987 in Dublin – Ireland, where he grew up.

From the age of 8 up to his 19th birthday, Darragh played rugby, one of the most traditional sports in the British Isles. After 10 years of playing competitively, O’Conaill felt burnt out and decided to quit. He immediately started looking for a different sport to stay active, finding it in jiu-jitsu.

Jiu-jitsu was introduced to Darragh by his physical education teacher, who was also one of O’Conaill’s rugby coaches. This same teacher was a blue belt in BJJ at the time and brought Darragh to his academy, where the Irishman got acquainted with grappling on December 2006.

Darragh’s first jiu-jitsu coach was David Jones – a student of Chris Brennan – former UFC fighter (Next Generation Academy), who awarded O’Conaill’s blue and purple belts.

When Darragh was a purple belt (2010), David Jones (then a brown belt) decided to quit jiu-jitsu, plagued by injuries as he was. In Jones’ disenchantment with the martial art, he asked O’Conaill to take over the 20/25 student class he had led up until then, an offer accepted by O’Conaill mainly because there were no academies nearby for him to train with.

At the time the academy was still affiliated with Next Generation, a school that angled towards the mixed martial arts (MMA) aspect of grappling. O’Conaill was totally devoted to thejiu-jitsuu and sought a more likeminded affiliation, researching extensively for the right team. That Summer Darragh decided to travel to the US West Coast and visit the University of Jiu Jitsu – Xande and Saulo Ribeiro. He loved the environment and the level of coaching there, which led him to join their affiliation – Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu.

Within 6 years Darragh revamped his academy, going from 20 odd students to 200 strong, while adding affiliate schools across Ireland, as well as one in Wales and one in Newcastle – England. An incredible success story in a booming Irish jiu jitsu market.

Darragh OConaill Grappling Record

55 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    28 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

25 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Darce choke
24
6
#86e620
Baseball bat choke
20
5
#5AD3D1
Guillotine
12
3
#d1212a
North south choke
12
3
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
Baseball choke
8
2
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
26 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    17 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    2 (8%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

7 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Wristlock
14
1
#86e620
Kneebar
14
1
#5AD3D1
Heel hook
14
1
#d1212a
Choke
14
1
#fad11b
Submission
14
1
#f58822
Cross choke
14
1
#224aba
Triangle
14
1
7
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Darragh OConaill Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6481Eduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6643Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6648Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6950Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7027Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7282Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsEBI 377KGSF2015
7365Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7535Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7633Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7651C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8727C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8840C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9188Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9302Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaDN/APolaris 382KGSPF2016
9885Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10510Perttu TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10617MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11831Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12163Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12770Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
13068Ross NichollsRoss NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13920Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
16106Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
17218Jan StachLSubmissionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
17993Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18222Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18260Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 4x2European OpenABSR22019
6262Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6264Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6267Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6268Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6271Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6272Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6277Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6278Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6307Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6639Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6947Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6948Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7271Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWPointsEBI 377KGR12015
7278Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7512Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7513Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7533Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7534Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7650Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7652Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7653Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8736Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8835Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10506Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10508Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10512Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10514Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10615Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10616UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10630Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10631Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11826Jose LlanasWPointsEBI 1177KGR12017
12160Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
12161Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12767Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12768Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12769B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
13060Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
13061Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13062Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
13063Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
13064Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS4F2017
13065Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
13066Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
13067Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
13069Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
13070Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
13912Ali MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14343Leonid GatovskiWGuillotineACB JJ 985KGSPF2017
15274Arthur PucciWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2018
15275Eduardo RiosWPts: 2x0European NoGi79KGSF2018
15276Tuomas YlinampaWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KGF2018
16101Ygor DantasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22018
17212E. OFlannaganWPts: 11x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
17983Ferando CabreraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18256Martin GobelWSubmissionEuropean OpenABSR12019

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