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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 (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

59 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    30 (51%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (2%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    25 (42%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    2 (3%)

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
Armbar
8
2
#f58822
Baseball choke
8
2
#224aba
RNC
8
2
#ff9124
Triangle
4
1
#bf1f6c
Submission
4
1
25
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
34 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    18 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    5 (15%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    8 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    2 (6%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY EBI/OT
    1 (3%)

8 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

#214eb8
Heel hook
13
1
#86e620
Choke
13
1
#5AD3D1
Submission
13
1
#d1212a
Tarikoplata
13
1
#fad11b
Cross choke
13
1
#f58822
Triangle
13
1
#224aba
Wristlock
13
1
#ff9124
Kneebar
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Darragh OConaill Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6522Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6684Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6689Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6991Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7068Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7323Josh HingerJosh HingerLEBI/OTEBI 377KGSF2015
7406Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7580Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7678Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7696C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8773C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8887C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9235Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9349Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9934Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10565P. TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10672MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11899Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12233Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12844Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
13142Ross NichollsRoss NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13997Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
16302Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
17457Jan StachLSubmissionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
18261Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18521Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18559Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 4x2European OpenABSR22019
18774Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
18777Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
18778T. HopstockLTarikoplataCopa Podio77KGRR2019
18780Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGRR2019
19087Michael PerezMichael PerezLReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
19145Igor PaivaIgor PaivaLReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12019
19619Oliver LovellLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2019
19632Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0World Pro77KG3RD2019
6300Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6302Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6305Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6306Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6309Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6310Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6315Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6316Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6346Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6680Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6988Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6989Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7312Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWEBI/OTEBI 377KGR12015
7319Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7557Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7558Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7578Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7579Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7695Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7697Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7698Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8782Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8882Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10561Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10563Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10567Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10569Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10670Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10671UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10685Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10686Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11894Jose LlanasWEBI/OTEBI 1177KGR12017
12230Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
12231Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12841Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12842Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12843B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
13134Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
13135Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13136Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
13137Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
13138Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS4F2017
13139Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
13140Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
13141Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
13143Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
13144Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
13989Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14431Leonid GatovskiWGuillotineACB JJ 985KGSPF2017
15438Arthur PucciWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2018
15439Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 2x0European NoGi79KGSF2018
15440Tuomas YlinampaWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KGF2018
16297Ygor DantasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22018
17451E. OFlannaganWPts: 11x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
18251Ferando CabreraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18555Martin GobelWSubmissionEuropean OpenABSR12019
19607Kevin CuervoWPointsWorld Pro77KGR12019
19614Jonathan MaflinWPointsWorld Pro77KGR22019
19628Jonathan MaflinWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGRPC2019
19630A. MagomadovWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGRPC2019

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