How is an MMA stance different from a boxing stance? Is it hard to transition from boxing to MMA?

by David Jenyns

Question by : How is an MMA stance different from a boxing stance? Is it hard to transition from boxing to MMA?
I am boxing now and looking to make the transition pretty soon, I was wondering how difficult I can expect it to be.

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Answer by Steven
Respect from one boxer to another. Anyway MMA stance is going to be tighter and you won’t be able to sit on your punches, also you will have to have to learn how to kick and defend against takedowns…basically a muay thai stance if you want to simplify it. It’s a good stance but like I said you won’t be able to have that form and power that boxing gives you. But trust me most MMA fighters throw a couple of haymakers and take it to the ground. You will, especially with 4 oz gloves, be able to slip a haymaker and tee off on ’em harder than they’ve ever seen. It should be a decently easy transition just make sure that you really want to leave boxing, it’s a beautiful sport.

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Mellow Yellow Fellow September 10, 2012 at 4:44 pm

If youre a good fighter at heart and mind, you’ll succeed well. You must check this boxer MMA fighter, the best.

On youtube videos – Phan vs Garcia highlights( rematch fight ) Awesome and for you to copy after. Speed kills man.

Wrestling and kick should only be used for defense.

Boxing and chopping is for offense. Just have a super left hook slashing for defense in boxing in MMA, and follow with right and combo against those grapplers and avoid their fake takedown that wastes their energy. Good luck Mike, and stay in school.


nic September 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm

Wish i can say more but steven said everything already. Well, thanks for the 2 points anyway.


Jamie September 10, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I boxed in silver gloves like 10 years ago im 26 now, i boxed from 16 to 22years old. i tried MMA two years ago and couldnt do it. the barefoot thing throws the dancing off, and its alot less graceful, and mma your punches willl weaken, dont let anyone tell you different. ive been there. GOT messed up. I was ok on the ground but coudnt find a rythym standing. And another thing MMA stances are goofy and LOOSE not tight. basically forget you ever boxed.


Beatriz Joya September 10, 2012 at 5:40 pm

boxing to mma?
after training for 15…you now fights for 4-5 rounds?

all you need to add now is how to utilize your elbow and knees…
how to hammer punch…and to avoid takedowns…
specially if you got speed….you’ll be unstoppable


Ssc September 10, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Every mma stance is different. Boxing you are typically squared up, but mma is different. You have linear stance guys, crouched stances, and boxing stances. You need to work on takedowns/ takedown defense, submissions and learning to check kicks. Work on your grappling and with yoru boxing experience you will do fine. Good luck on your transition.


Elle September 10, 2012 at 6:31 pm

MMA stance is wider for takedown defense. Boxing stance is more upright for punching. I notice allot of MMA guys are uncoordinated and wide open with there punches.

If your changing from boxing to mma you should train in some type of submission grappling(Brazilian Jiu Jitsu,Judo, catch wrestling, etc) because you won’t make it on stand up alone.


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