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Darragh O’Conaill

Darragh O’Conaill

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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 (2012/2013 brown)
  • London Open Champion (2011/2012/2013 brown, 2014 black)
  • Finnish No-Gi Open Champion (2016)
  • London Fall Open Champion (2016)
  • London Open No-Gi Champion (2013 brown, 2014 black)
  • Rome Open Champion (2013 brown)
  • American National No-Gi Champion (2015)
  • European No-Gi Open Championship Runner-up (2017 black, 2014 brown)
  • London Open Championship Runner-up (2012 brown absolute)
  • Rome Open Championship Runner-up (2015 black)
  • American National Championship Runner-up (2015)
  • European No-Gi Open Championship 3rd Place (2013 brown, 2015)
  • 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

46 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (54%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    20 (43%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

20 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Baseball bat choke
25
5
#86e620
Darce choke
20
4
#5AD3D1
North south choke
15
3
#d1212a
Armbar
10
2
#fad11b
Baseball choke
10
2
#f58822
RNC
10
2
#224aba
Triangle
5
1
#ff9124
Guillotine
5
1
20
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
20 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    14 (70%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (25%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel hook
20
1
#86e620
Cross choke
20
1
#5AD3D1
Triangle
20
1
#d1212a
Wristlock
20
1
#fad11b
Kneebar
20
1
5
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Darragh OConaill Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6333Eduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6489Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6494Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6791Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
6865Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7114Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsEBI 377KGSF2015
7195Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7360Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7453Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7471C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8515C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8623C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
8958Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9072Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaDN/APolaris 382KGSPF2016
9651Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10238Perttu TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10342MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11475Craig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
11800Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12381Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
12673Ross NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
6132Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6134Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6137Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6138Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6141Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6142Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6147Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6148Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6164Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6485Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6788Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6789Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7103Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWPointsEBI 377KGR12015
7110Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7337Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7338Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7358Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7359Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7470Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7472Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7473Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8524Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8618Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10234Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10236Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10240Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10242Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10340Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10341UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10355Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10356Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11470Jose LlanasWPointsEBI 1177KGR12017
11797Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
11798Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12378Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12379Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12380B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
12665Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
12666Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
12667Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
12668Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
12669Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS1/4F2017
12670Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
12671Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
12672Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
12674Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
12675Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017

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Darragh O’Conaill Baseball Bat Choke Technique

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