|Born||Minnesota, United States|
|Residence||Fullerton, California, United States|
|Teacher(s)||Yorinaga Nakamura, Larry Hartsell, Rigan Machado, Dan Inosanto|
|Rank||Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rigan Machado
Black Belt in Judo
Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Notable students||Sean Sherk, Ken Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Brock Lesnar, Stephan Kesting|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Starting with judo in 1974 at age of 8, Paulson has trained in many disciplines including Freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling, Tae Kwon Do, boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Filipino Kali/Eskrima, Sambo (martial art), Catch Wrestling, Shoot wrestling and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, studying first with Rorion Gracie, Royce Gracie, Rickson Gracie in his garage in 1989. He has studied with 40 different teachers over his 30 years of training including Yorinaga Nakamura, Larry Hartsell, Tim Tackett, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Rob Kaman, Rigan Machado and Dan Inosanto, who claims Erik is one of the world's most dynamic grapplers.
He runs the CSW Training Center in Fullerton, California, where he trains MMA fighters such as Josh Barnett, Ken Shamrock, Renato Sobral, Cub Swanson, and James Wilks. He is closely affiliated with Sean Sherk and Brock Lesnar of the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.
Paulson came out of retirement in October 2007 to headline the first HDNET MMA fight card. Paulson took on Jeff Ford in the main event of the night. Paulson made quick work of Ford, winning by spinning arm bar in the opening minutes of the first round.
Paulson holds the rank of Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Rigan Machado. He also trained extensively with Rorion, Royce, and Rickson Gracie. Erik trained Shoot wrestling under Yori Nakamura. Erik is the founder of Combat Submission Wrestling, and STX Kickboxing. Paulson is the coauthor of a book along with American Combat Association president Matthew Granahan and JD Dwyer on the History of American Submission Wrestling.
Paulson was the striking coach for Team Lesnar on The Ultimate Fighter: Season 13.
Paulson also has a younger brother, Leif Paulson, who is an up and coming grappler in his own right.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|17 matches||11 wins||4 losses|
|Win||11–4–2||Jeff Ford||Submission (armbar)||HDNF 1 - HD Net Fights||October 13, 2007||1||1:44||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Win||10–4–2||Ronald Jhun||Decision||SB 17 - SuperBrawl 17||April 15, 2000||3||5:00||Honolulu, Hawaii, United States|
|Win||9–4–2||Masanori Suda||TKO (punches)||Shooto - Las Grandes Viajes 5||August 29, 1998||3||4:48||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||8–4–2||Carlos Newton||Submission (armbar)||VTJ 1997 - Vale Tudo Japan 1997||November 29, 1997||1||0:41||Urayasu, Japan|
|Loss||8–3–3||Paul Jones||Decision (majority)||Shooto - Reconquista 3||August 27, 1997||3||5:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||8–2–2||Paul Jones||Draw||EF 4 - Extreme Fighting 4||March 28, 1997||3||5:00||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||8–2–1||Stuart Harrison||Submission (armbar)||Shooto - Reconquista 1||January 18, 1997||2||2:28||Tokyo, Japan||Defended Shooto Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Loss||7–2–1||Matt Hume||TKO (cut)||EF 3 - Extreme Fighting 3||October 18, 1996||3||0:44||Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States|
|Win||7–1–1||Kenji Kawaguchi||Submission (toe hold)||Shooto - Vale Tudo Junction 3||May 7, 1996||3||1:23||Tokyo, Japan||Won Shooto Light Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||6–1–1||Todd Bjornethun||Submission (guillotine choke)||Shooto - Vale Tudo Junction 1||January 20, 1996||2||0:26||Tokyo, Japan|
|Loss||5–1–1||James Warring||TKO (corner stoppage)||WCC 1 - First Strike||October 17, 1995||1||16:08||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||5–0–1||Sean McCully||Submission (strikes)||WCC 1 - First Strike||October 17, 1995||1||5:17||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Win||4–0–1||Yasunori Okuda||Submission (keylock)||Shooto - Vale Tudo Perception||September 26, 1995||1||0:44||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||3–0–1||Ben Spijkers||Submission (guillotine choke)||Shooto - Complete Vale Tudo Access||July 29, 1995||5||0:38||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||2–0–1||Kenji Kawaguchi||Submission (armbar)||Shooto - Vale Tudo Access 2||November 7, 1994||2||1:03||Tokyo, Japan|
|Draw||1–0–1||Naoki Sakurada||Draw||Shooto - Shooto||November 25, 1993||5||3:00||Tokyo, Japan|
|Win||1–0||Kazuhiro Kusayanagi||Submission (triangle choke)||Shooto - Shooto||June 24, 1993||3||1:46||Tokyo, Japan|
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- Professional MMA record for Erik Paulson from Sherdog
- Erik Paulson at the Internet Movie Database
- USA Shooto