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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
6467Eduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6629Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6634Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
6936Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7013Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7266Josh HingerJosh HingerLPointsEBI 377KGSF2015
7348Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7518Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7616Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7634C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8707C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8820C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9158Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9272Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaDN/APolaris 382KGSPF2016
9852Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10462Perttu TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10567MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11749Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12080Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12673Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
12971Ross NichollsRoss NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13787Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
15934Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
16995Jan StachLSubmissionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
6254Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6256Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6259Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6260Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6263Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6264Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6269Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6270Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6294Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6625Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
6933Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
6934Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7255Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWPointsEBI 377KGR12015
7262Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7495Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7496Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7516Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7517Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7633Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7635Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7636Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8716Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8815Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10458Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10460Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10464Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10466Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10565Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10566UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10580Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10581Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11744Jose LlanasWPointsEBI 1177KGR12017
12077Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
12078Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12670Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12671Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12672B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
12963Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
12964Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
12965Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
12966Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
12967Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS4F2017
12968Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
12969Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
12970Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
12972Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
12973Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
13779Ali MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14191Leonid GatovskiWGuillotineACB JJ 985KGSPF2017
15113Arthur PucciWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2018
15114Eduardo RiosWPts: 2x0European NoGi79KGSF2018
15115Tuomas YlinampaWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KGF2018
15929Ygor DantasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22018
16989E. OFlannaganWPts: 11x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR22018

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