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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

47 WINS
  • BY POINTS
    25 (53%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    0 (0%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    21 (45%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    1 (2%)

21 SUBMISSIONS WINS

#214eb8
Baseball bat choke
24
5
#86e620
Darce choke
19
4
#5AD3D1
North south choke
14
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
10
2
#fad11b
Baseball choke
10
2
#f58822
RNC
10
2
#224aba
Armbar
10
2
#ff9124
Triangle
5
1
21
(100%) SUBMISSIONS
21 LOSSES
  • BY POINTS
    15 (71%)
  • BY ADVANTAGES
    1 (5%)
  • BY SUBMISSION
    5 (24%)
  • BY DECISION
    0 (0%)
  • BY PENALTIES
    0 (0%)
  • BY DQ
    0 (0%)

5 SUBMISSIONS LOSSES

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

Darragh OConaill Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6422Eduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6581Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6586Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6885Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
6961Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7213Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsEBI 377KGSF2015
7295Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7460Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7553Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7571C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8619C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8732C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9067Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9181Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaDN/APolaris 382KGSPF2016
9760Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10353Perttu TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10457MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11610Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
11938Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12520Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
12815Ross NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13572Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
6216Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6218Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6221Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6222Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6225Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6226Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6231Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6232Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6251Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6577Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6882Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6883Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7202Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWPointsEBI 377KGR12015
7209Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7437Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7438Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7458Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7459Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7570Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7572Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7573Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8628Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8727Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10349Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10351Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10355Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10357Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10455Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10456UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10470Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10471Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11605Jose LlanasWPointsEBI 1177KGR12017
11935Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
11936Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12517Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12518Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12519B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
12807Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
12808Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
12809Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
12810Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
12811Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS1/4F2017
12812Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
12813Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
12814Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
12816Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
12817Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
13564Ali MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017

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