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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: Ribeiro 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 the jiu jitsu 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

52 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    26 (50%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (46%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

24 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Darce choke
25
6
#86e620
Baseball bat choke
21
5
#5AD3D1
North south choke
13
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
13
3
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
Baseball choke
8
2
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
22 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (68%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    6 (27%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

6 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Triangle
17
1
#86e620
Wristlock
17
1
#5AD3D1
Kneebar
17
1
#d1212a
Heel hook
17
1
#fad11b
Choke
17
1
#f58822
Cross choke
17
1
6
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Darragh OConaill Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6456Eduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6618Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6623Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6925Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7002Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7255Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsEBI 377KGSF2015
7337Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7504Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7599Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7617C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8688C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8800C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9137Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9251Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaDN/APolaris 382KGSPF2016
9830Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10439Perttu TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10544MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11722Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12052Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12644Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
12942Ross NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13749Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
15891Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
6244Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6246Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6249Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6250Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6253Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6254Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6259Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6260Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6283Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6614Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6922Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6923Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7244Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWPointsEBI 377KGR12015
7251Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7481Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7482Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7502Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7503Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7616Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7618Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7619Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8697Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8795Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10435Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10437Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10441Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10443Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10542Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10543UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10557Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10558Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11717Jose LlanasWPointsEBI 1177KGR12017
12049Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
12050Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12641Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12642Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12643B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
12934Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
12935Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
12936Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
12937Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
12938Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS1/4F2017
12939Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
12940Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
12941Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
12943Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
12944Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
13741Ali MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14153Leonid GatovskiWGuillotineACB JJ 985KGSPF2017
15073Arthur PucciWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2018
15074Eduardo RiosWPts: 2x0European NoGi79KGSF2018
15075Tuomas YlinampaWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KGF2018
15886Ygor DantasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22018

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