Erik Paulson Record, Net Worth, Weight, Age & More!
Erik Paulson is an American MMA fighter and shoot fighter who was active during the early days of the sport's existence. Erik Paulson holds black belts in Taekwondo, Judo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, the last one was given to him by Rigan Machado. Erik Paulson is also an A Rank Shootist.
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Erik Paulson’s martial arts journey began at the age of 8 when he started training in Judo. However after he got into a fight in school where a bullet grabbed his hair to stop a throw, Erik Paulson was forced to strike him and Paulson became disillusioned with Judo
Erik Paulson became more interested in training in striking arts which caused him to start training in Boxing, Taekwondo and Karate. After many years of training in those arts, Erik Paulson moved to California and began to train under Dan Inasanto, one of the original students of Bruce Lee. From Inasanto, Erik Paulson learned Arnis, Wing Chun, Silat and Jeet Kune Do.
In 1986 Erik Paulso started to train in grappling arts once again, starting with Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training with Rickson, Rorion and Royce Gracie in the legendary Gracie garage. After a time training with them, Erik Paulson returned to training Dan Insanto, he eventually met a man named Yorinaga Nakamura who began to train Paulson in the art of Shoot Wrestling. On top of training with Nakamura, Erik Paulson also began to train with Billy Robinson in the art of catch wrestling.
After training in both styles for a while, due to his connection with Yorinaga Nakamura, Erik Paulson was able to get a fight in Shooto, a Japanese Shoot Fighting promotion. In 1993 Erik Paulson had his first fight in the organization and won it via submission. Erik Paulson then wanted to compete in the original UFC tournament but was denied by the Gracies as Royce was already set to compete.
From there Erik Paulson went on to compete in various competitions around the world and eventually found his own gyms, Combat Submission Wrestling, and STX Kickboxing. Now that he has retired from competition, Erik Paulson focuses on training the next generation of fighters.
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How Old is Erik Paulson?
Erik Paulson was born in 1966, which makes him either 55 or 56 at the time of writing. He was born in Minnesota.
Erik Paulson’s Family
There is not much information on Erik Paulson’s family.
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Jigoro Kano → Mitsuyo Maeda → Carlos Gracie → Helio Gracie → Rolls Gracie → Carlos Gracie Jr. → Rigan Machado → Erik Paulson
How Much is Erik Paulson Worth?
Erik Paulson’s Net Worth as of 2021 is estimated to be between $1 million to $5 million US dollars.
How Tall is Erik Paulson?
Erik Paulson’s height is currently unknown.
What is Erik Paulson’s Reach?
Erik Paulson’s reach is currently unknown.
How Much Does Erik Paulson Weigh?
Erik Paulson competed in the 85 kilogram or 187 pound division.
Erik Paulson’s Fight List
Erik Paulson’s Fight list began in 1993 with his first fight in Shooto. He faced off against Kazuhiro Kusayanagi and won the fight via submission. 5 months later Erik Paulson would fight in Shooto again this time against Naoki Sakurada in a match that would end up being a draw.
Erik Paulson’s next three fights would still be under the Shooto banner and he would win all three by submission.
After that, Paulson would compete professionally for the first time in the US at the WCC 1: First Strike tournament, which was a tournament similar to the early UFC. Erik Paulson would win his first match against Sean McCully by submission to strikes however he would lose his next match against James Warring by corner stoppage.
For his next two matches Erik Paulson would return to Shooto where he would defeat both his opponents via submission.
Erik Paulson would then fight Matt Hume at EF 3: Extreme Fighting 3 and Erik Paulson would lose the fight by TKO via cut. Erik Paulson would return to Shooto for his next fight at Shooto: Reconquista 1 against Stuart Harrison which he would win by armbar submission.
For his next two fights, he would face off against Paul Jones. The first time it went to a draw but in their second match Erik Paulson would lose via a majority decision. Erik Paulson would go on to compete at VTJ 1997: Vale Tudo Japan 1997 and lose by submission to future UFC champion Carlos Newton.
Erik Paulson would then go on to win his next three matches one by TKO, one by decision and one by submission.
Erik Paulson’s last competitive match was a submission grappling fight at ADCC 2003 where he would face Xande Ribeiro and lose by a decision.
Who Did Erik Paulson Lose to?
Erik Paulson has lost to, in order, James Warring, Matt Hume, Paul Jones and Carlos Newton in MMA. Erik Paulson has also lost to Xander Riberio in submission grappling.
What is Erik Paulson’s Record?
Erik Paulson has had a total of 17 professional MMA matches with 11 wins and 4 losses and 2 draws.
Erik Paulson also has one submission grappling match which was a loss.
This gives him a total of 18 total professional matches with 11 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws. This gives Erik Paulson a total win percentage of 61 percent.
What Titles Has Erik Paulson Held?
Erik Paulson has held the Shooto Light Heavyweight Championship and holds the rank of A-Class Shootist.
Has Erik Paulson Had Any Serious Injuries?
Eirk Paulson has no injuries worth noting.
Who Has Erik Paulson Trained
Erik Paulson has trained a lot of big name fighters since he has retired from competition. These names include Sean Sherk, Ken Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Brock Lesnar and Cub Swanson.
Is Erik Paulson Retired?
Erik Paulson retired from all competition after his loss at the 2003 ADCC tournament, Erik Paulson now spends his time training new fighters out of his two gyms in both his style of grappling and in his style of striking.
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