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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

53 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    27 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    24 (45%)
  • 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
Guillotine
13
3
#d1212a
North south choke
13
3
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
Baseball choke
8
2
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
24
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
23 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (65%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (4%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    7 (30%)
  • 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
6470Eduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6632Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6637Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6939Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7016Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7271Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsEBI 377KGSF2015
7354Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7524Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7622Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7640C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8715C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8828C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9173Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9287Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaDN/APolaris 382KGSPF2016
9867Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10485Perttu TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10590MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11798Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12129Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12726Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
13024Ross NichollsRoss NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13856Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
16026Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
17101Jan StachLSubmissionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
6257Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6259Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6262Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6263Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6266Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6267Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6272Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6273Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6297Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6628Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6936Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6937Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7260Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWPointsEBI 377KGR12015
7267Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7501Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7502Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7522Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7523Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7639Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7641Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7642Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8724Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8823Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10481Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10483Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10487Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10489Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10588Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10589UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10603Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10604Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11793Jose LlanasWPointsEBI 1177KGR12017
12126Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
12127Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12723Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12724Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12725B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
13016Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
13017Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13018Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
13019Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
13020Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS4F2017
13021Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
13022Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
13023Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
13025Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
13026Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
13848Ali MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14272Leonid GatovskiWGuillotineACB JJ 985KGSPF2017
15194Arthur PucciWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2018
15195Eduardo RiosWPts: 2x0European NoGi79KGSF2018
15196Tuomas YlinampaWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KGF2018
16021Ygor DantasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22018
17095E. OFlannaganWPts: 11x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR22018

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