Marcus Phelan is a professional Irish grappler and a black belt in jiu-jitsu under Darragh O’Conaill, representing the East Coast Jiu-Jitsu team in the sport’s international circuit. Phelan became widely recognized as one of Europe’s top lightweights while competing in the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation (IBJJF) tour, where he conquered numerous important gold medals in events such as the Dublin, Berlin, and London Opens.
Marcus Phelan Jiu-Jitsu
Full Name: Marcus John Phelan
- 1st Place IBJJF Dublin Open (2019)
- 1st Place IBJJF Berlin Open (2019)
- 1st Place IBJJF London Fall NoGi Open (2019)
- 3rd Place IBJJF Rome Fall Open (2019)
Main Achievements (Colored Belts):
- 1st Place IBJJF European Open NoGi (2017 purple)
- 1st Place IBJJF British Nationals (2017 purple)
- 1st Place SBJJF Finnish Open (2018*** brown)
** Weight and Absolute
*** Black and brown mixed division.
Favorite Position/Technique: De La Riva Hook Guard
Weight Division: Peso Leve (76,00 kg / 168.0 lbs)
Marcus Phelan Biography
Marcus Phelan was born on May 12, 1992, in Dublin, Ireland, growing up in Ranelagh, a small town located on the outskirts of the country’s capital.
While growing up, Phelan was a big fan of sports, playing football (soccer) and rugby (union rules) from the ages of 7 to 16, while competing in local leagues and cups. During his teens, however, Marcus became a big fan of mixed martial arts (MMA) through his brother, having Demian Maia in common as their favorite athlete. This path would lead him to jiu-jitsu.
The love for grappling came from a common gathering between Marcus’ older brother and a few of his friends, who would have friendly matches at the Phelan house, where they tried to apply a few of the jiu-jitsu moves they observed in the cage fights they followed. During one of these sessions, Marcus joined the group and had a lot of fun, a sentiment that drove Marcus and his brother to book a class at a local BJJ gym.
The Phelans very first jiu-jitsu class was taught by none other than Darragh O’Conaill, one of Ireland’s grappling pioneers at the highest level in the sport and a coach who followed Marcus’ path from white to black belt. A rank he earned on August 9, 2019.
Marcus Phelan Grappling Record
- BY DQ
2 SUBMISSIONS WINS
- BY DQ
1 SUBMISSION LOSSES
Marcus Phelan Fight History
|21773||Alexandre MolinaroAlexandre Molinaro||L||Pts: 4x0||London Fall Open||76KG||4F||2019|
|21858||Leon LarmanLeon Larman||L||Choke from back||Rome Fall Open||76KG||SF||2019|
|21885||Ali MonfaradiAli Monfaradi||L||Pts: 4x2||European NoGi||73KG||R1||2019|
|22726||Luan CarvalhoLuan Carvalho||L||Pts: 5x2||European Open||76KG||R1||2020|
|23126||Natan ChuengNatan Chueng||L||Pts: 2x0||London WO||76KG||SF||2020|
|23207||Thiago MacedoThiago Macedo||L||Pts: 2x0||Grand Slam LDN||69KG||SF||2020|
|21272||Tommi Puulkannen||W||Referee Decision||Polaris 11||77KG||SPF||2019|
|21791||Rafael Colonhese||W||Pts: 2x0||London Fall NGO||73KG||F||2019|
|21853||Marko Jokmanovic||W||Bow and arrow||Rome Fall Open||76KG||R1||2019|
|21854||Tommi Puulkannen||W||Pts: 8x4||Rome Fall Open||76KG||4F||2019|
|22423||Bruno Borges||W||Pts: 4x0||Dublin Open||76KG||SF||2019|
|22436||Jakub Witkowski||W||Bow and arrow||Berlin Open||76KG||4F||2019|
|22437||Tomer Alroy||W||Referee Decision||Berlin Open||76KG||SF||2019|
|22438||Jan Baso||W||Pts: 6x0||Berlin Open||76KG||F||2019|
|23125||Samuel Kaye||W||Pts: 18x0||London WO||76KG||4F||2020|
|23205||A. Jablonski||W||Pts: 13x1||Grand Slam LDN||69KG||4F||2020|
Marcus Phelan VS Jan Basso