Erik Paulson

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Erik Paulson
Born Minnesota, United States
Residence Fullerton, California, United States
Teacher(s) Yorinaga Nakamura, Rigan Machado, Dan Inosanto
Rank      Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do
     Black Belt in Judo
     Black Belt Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Rigan Machado
Mixed martial arts record
Total 17
Wins 11
By knockout 1
By submission 9
By decision 1
Losses 4
By knockout 2
By submission 1
By decision 1
Draws 2
Other information
Notable students Sean Sherk, Ken Shamrock, Josh Barnett, Brock Lesnar
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Erik Paulson (born 1966) is an American mixed martial artist. He is the first American to win the World Light-Heavy Weight Shooto Title in Japan.[1]


Starting with judo in 1974 at age of 8 and then moving to Taekwondo two years later, Paulson has trained in many disciplines including Freestyle wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, Jeet Kune Do, Arnis/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.[2] He has studied with 40 different teachers over his 30 years of training including Yorinaga Nakamura, Tim Tackett, Ajarn Chai Sirisute, Rob Kaman, Rigan Machado and Dan Inosanto, who claims Erik is one of the world's most dynamic grapplers.[citation needed]

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.[3]

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

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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 (punches) WCC 1 - First Strike October 17, 1995 1 5:17 Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Win 4–0–1 Yasunori Okuda Submission (americana) 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

Submission grappling record[edit]

Result Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Notes
Loss Brazil Xande Ribeiro Points ADCC 2003 -99 kg 2003

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "MMA Origins: Erik Paulson, Shooto's Forgotten Champion". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  2. ^ "Erik The Great | FIGHT! Magazine – Archives". 1993-06-24. Retrieved 2015-03-17. 
  3. ^ "Book: Rough & Tumble – Now In Stock — CSW Association". Retrieved 2015-03-17. 

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