Posted by seanfu
But you need to a wider stance and never get caught on the heels.
Yep, the MMA stance is a modified stance. A straight boxing stance is typically too thin and a straight Muay Thai stance is typically too wide. Because you need to check the kick you can't load up too much on the front foot but you also can't sit back because you have to ready to sprawl.
Whenever I am confronted with a standup fighter coming to me for MMA preparation we mostly work on:
Using guard to get back to the feet
You cannot exaggerate on how important a good sprawl is in MMA. Even if you never KO your opponent, you need to prevent the takedown in order to win the "Octagon Control" or "Ring Generalship" criteria on a jjudge's scorecard.