O’Malley fights too much on his back and front toes (hence hes off balance a lot - tips over front knee a lot). Power comes from the ground up, so being on your back and front toes means no power or stability/rhythm. It keeps O’Malley tall (try squatting on your toes and keeping your balance) Hes gonna get smoked by someone who stays low(works the body) and comes up on him.
Paddy def has cleaner better technique, but he also doesnt know how to push his weight properly when throwing rearhands. Paddy does not know how to bring his feet with him with his 2s, nor how to properly recover his weight off his front foot off throwing 2s. It gets him stuck in a lot of bad positions without his feet
And Paddy’s 2nd biggest issue is that he doesnt know how to get into hook position using rhythm/leans/fients/his feet. He throws his 2s exclusively to set up his hook
1 of his UFC opponents caught on right away, timed him off his rearhand (pulling & hooking over the 2) and absolutely smoked Paddy before Paddy could get his feet down to hook off his 2 (thats how Paddy was dropped)
BOTH badly need to work on their boxing by learning real boxing. Both have huge flaws in their striking which will be exploited by the elite boxers in MMA.
But if you ask me who has more potential to clean up those holes and become a genuinly great striker its Paddy. Paddy is still way cleaner and far more naturally gifted. O’Malley’s karate stance will hold him back
But even though Paddy throws cleaner he needs to ditch his trainer and start to learn real boxing. Another bad habbit that can develop for Paddy down the line is how much his current coach has Paddy opening up his shoulders and throwing combinations wide. Paddy is not tight and doesnt punch tight. It will get him smoked by a catch and shoot counter puncher or someones who gonna punch with him - stright inside his shoulders/inside his wide combinations
On that note, this is what truly seperated Conor from the rest, the fact that Conor had a real boxing background. His boxing background put him above everyone else at the time. The more karate bullshit that Conor adopted the worse Conor got (Nate 1, Poirier 3 etc)
Wrestling aint the most valauble asset in MMA, boxing is