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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
North south choke
12
3
#d1212a
Guillotine
12
3
#fad11b
RNC
8
2
#f58822
Armbar
8
2
#224aba
Baseball choke
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
Cross choke
13
1
#86e620
Triangle
13
1
#5AD3D1
Wristlock
13
1
#d1212a
Kneebar
13
1
#fad11b
Heel hook
13
1
#f58822
Choke
13
1
#224aba
Submission
13
1
#ff9124
Tarikoplata
13
1
8
(100%) SUBMISSIONS

Darragh OConaill Fight History

ID Opponent W/L Method Competition Weight Stage Year
6538Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosLCross chokeEuropean82KGR12015
6700Gianni GrippoGianni GrippoLPointsSF OpenABS4F2015
6705Josh HingerJosh HingerLTriangleSF Open82KG4F2015
7007Alan FinfouAlan FinfouLPointsRome Open88KGF2015
7084Renato CardosoRenato CardosoLWristlockWorld Pro85KGR12015
7339Josh HingerJosh HingerLEBI/OTEBI 377KGSF2015
7422Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaLPointsWorld Champ.82KGR12015
7596Tanner RiceTanner RiceLPointsAmerican Nat.82KGF2015
7694Jake McKenzieLPointsRio Winter Open82KGR12015
7712C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 12x0London Open82KGF2015
8789C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPointsLondon Fall Open82KGF2015
8903C. NegromonteC. NegromonteLPts: 15x0European Open82KGR22016
9250Yago SouzaYago SouzaLPts: 11x0Pan American82KG8F2016
9364Jonathan SatavaJonathan SatavaD---Polaris 382KGSPF2016
9949Lucas LeiteLucas LeiteLPts: 9x2World Champ.82KGR22016
10585P. TepponenLPts: 4x0NoGi Finnish OpenABSSF2016
10692MagomedovLPointsADCC EU Trials77KG4F2016
11931Craig JonesCraig JonesLKneebarEBI 1177KG4F2017
12268Isaque BahienseIsaque BahienseLPts: 0x0, AdvEuropean NoGi79KGF2017
12886Oliver TazaLHeel hookADCC EU Trials77KGF2017
13186Ross NichollsRoss NichollsLPts: 4x2British NoGi Nats79KGF2017
14047Jackson SousaJackson SousaLPts: 2x0London Fall NG.OABSSF2017
16393Claudio CalasansClaudio CalasansLChokeWorld Champ.82KG8F2018
17577Jan StachLSubmissionADCC EU Trials77KG8F2018
18396Jaime CanutoJaime CanutoLPts: 0x0, AdvNoGi Worlds79KGR22018
18661Andris BrunovskisAndris BrunovskisLN/AEuropean Open82KG4F2019
18699Horlando MonteiroHorlando MonteiroLPts: 4x2European OpenABSR22019
18925Yan LucasYan LucasLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
18928Ygor RodriguesYgor RodriguesLPts: 0x0, AdvCopa Podio77KGRR2019
18929T. HopstockLTarikoplataCopa Podio77KGRR2019
18931Jhonny LoureiroJhonny LoureiroLPts: 2x0Copa Podio77KGRR2019
19241Michael PerezMichael PerezLReferee DecisionPolaris 985KGSPF2019
19302Igor PaivaIgor PaivaLReferee DecisionPan American82KGR12019
19788Oliver LovellLPts: 0x0, AdvWorld Pro77KG4F2019
19801Diego RamalhoDiego RamalhoLPts: 2x0World Pro77KG3RD2019
6316Nic RubenNic RubenWDarce chokeLondon Open82KGSF2014
6318Luca AnacoretaLuca AnacoretaWPointsLondon Open82KGF2014
6321Sebastian LecoqWN/ALondon NoGi Open79KGSF2014
6322Ilke BulutIlke BulutWNorth south chokeLondon NoGi Open79KGF2014
6325Chris ReganWBaseball bat chokeSub15teenABSSPF2014
6326Maciek KozakWBaseball bat chokeToukon ChallengeABSSPF2014
6331Daniel BertinaWBaseball bat chokeWorld Pro Trials85KGSF2014
6332Jan MichalowskiWPointsWorld Pro Trials85KGF2014
6362Max CamposD---PolarisABSSPF2015
6696Kim TerraKim TerraWN/ASF OpenABSR12015
7004Diego CalvacantiWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KG4F2015
7005Santeri LiliusWBaseball bat chokeRome Open88KGSF2015
7328Javier VazquezJavier VazquezWEBI/OTEBI 377KGR12015
7335Richie MartinezRichie MartinezWNorth south chokeEBI 377KG4F2015
7573Carlos FerreiraWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGSF2015
7574Sean FischerWPointsUS No Gi Nat.79KGF2015
7594Carlos FerreiraWPointsAmerican Nat.82KG4F2015
7595Leo IturraldeWPointsAmerican Nat.82KGSF2015
7711Sebastian LecoqWPointsLondon Open82KGSF2015
7713Esmerlannio NetoWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGSF2015
7714Luciano RodriguesWPointsLondon NoGi Open79KGF2015
8798Gustavo DantasGustavo DantasWN/AGothenburg OpenABS4F2015
8898Davi RaabWPointsEuropean Open82KGR12016
10581Harto VallimägiWRNCNoGi Finnish OpenABSR12016
10583Riku HapulahtiWTriangleNoGi Finnish OpenABS4F2016
10587Ville HeikkonenWArmbarNoGi Finnish Open79KGSF2016
10589Jaakko HulkkonenWPts: 7x0NoGi Finnish Open79KGF2016
10690Nic RubenNic RubenWPointsADCC EU Trials77KGR12016
10691UnknownWArmbarADCC EU Trials77KGR22016
10705Juliano RochaWDarce chokeLondon NG Open79KGSF2016
10706Arbi MuradovWPointsLondon NG Open79KGF2016
11926Jose LlanasWEBI/OTEBI 1177KGR12017
12265Marco QueirozWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2017
12266Antti MannilaWNorth south chokeEuropean NoGi79KGSF2017
12883Francisco AlcaldeWPts: 5x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR12017
12884Bradley HillWGuillotineADCC EU Trials77KG4F2017
12885B. ŁukaszewiczWPts: 3x0ADCC EU Trials77KGSF2017
13178Mathias RibeiroWPts: 6x4Spanish Nationals82KGF2017
13179Frederico AlmeidaWDarce chokeSpanish NoGi Nats79KGF2017
13180Arthur PucciWPts: 9x2British National82KGSF2017
13181Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 7x2British National82KGF2017
13182Chris DellevagWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABS4F2017
13183Wellington DiasWellington DiasWBaseball chokeBritish NationalABSSF2017
13184Frederico AlmeidaWPts: 2x0British NationalABSF2017
13185Cesar MiyahiraWPts: 2x0British NoGi Nats79KGSF2017
13187Amadu JorgeWRNCBritish NoGi NatsABSSF2017
13188Isaac DullWDQBritish NoGi NatsABSF2017
14039Ali MonfaradiAli MonfaradiWGuillotineLondon Fall NG.O79KGF2017
14492Leonid GatovskiWGuillotineACB JJ 985KGSPF2017
15520Arthur PucciWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KG4F2018
15521Eduardo RiosEduardo RiosWPts: 2x0European NoGi79KGSF2018
15522Tuomas YlinampaWDarce chokeEuropean NoGi79KGF2018
16388Ygor DantasWPts: 2x2, AdvWorld Champ.82KGR22018
17571E. OFlannaganWPts: 11x0ADCC EU Trials77KGR22018
18386Ferando CabreraWPts: 2x0NoGi Worlds79KGR12018
18695Martin GobelWSubmissionEuropean OpenABSR12019
19776Kevin CuervoWPointsWorld Pro77KGR12019
19783Jonathan MaflinWPointsWorld Pro77KGR22019
19797Jonathan MaflinWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGRPC2019
19799A. MagomadovWPts: 2x0World Pro77KGRPC2019

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