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- HDNET FIGHTS WEIGH-INS, PAULSON SET TO RETURN

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By Ken Pishna (Photos by Scott Petersen)







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DALLAS
– HDNet Fights held its first ever weigh-ins on Friday in the heart of
Cowboys… er… make that Mavericks country, in Dallas, Texas.

 

The
fledgling mixed martial arts promotion of Mark Cuban, the renegade owner of
National Basketball Association’s Dallas Mavericks, kicked off with little
fanfare in what was, basically, business as usual in the MMA world.

 

The
fighters set to compete at Saturday night’s event at the American Airlines
Center followed protocol. That being: they stepped on the scale, faced off in a
faux fight pose for the cameras, and bolted for the nearest buffet line.

 

Erik
Paulson, former Shooto champion, faces K-1 veteran Jeff Ford in the main event.
Originally slated for the light heavyweight (205-pound limit) division, the
bout was changed to the heavyweight category, reportedly due to Ford arriving
too far above the 205-pound limit to make the weight.

 

After
waiting more than seven years to make his return to professional MMA, Paulson
was none too happy about it either.

 

“I’ve been
busting my ass to drop (to the required weight), running, hitting the sauna two
times a day, training, dieting, not eating,” said an obviously irritated
Paulson. “I dropped down to 205 (Thursday) night and then I got news after I
got out of the sauna that (Ford) was about 230 and that he was not going to be
able (to make weight).”

 

He said
that after some negotiations involving the athletic commission, the bout was
allowed to continue, although Ford reportedly does face a fine in proportion to
his weight.

 

“It’s very
unprofessional,” commented Paulson. “(But) hey, I’m going to fight regardless.
I’ve been waiting a long time to do this.”

 

Following
years of selflessly training other fighters to compete, the 41-year-old fighter
seems comfortable finally getting the chance to focus a little bit on himself.

 

“It feels
pretty good to have a little bit of attention back on me instead of being sad
when I walk into the ring with someone else, wishing that was me,” Paulson said
with a smile. “And hopefully this time, I won’t get gray hair from it.”

 

HDNet
Fights Weigh-In Results

 

Jeff Ford
– 225

Erik
Paulson – 212.5

 

Freddie
Espiricueta – 185.5

Jason House
– 183

 

Anthony
Lapsley – 170.75

Drew
Fickett – 171.25

 

Matt
Thompson – 241

Justin
Eilers – 231

 

TJ
Waldburger – 170.5

Pete Spratt
– 168.75

 

David
Roberts – 154.75

Chris
Bowles – 153

 

CB Dollaway
– 186.25

Hans
Marrero – 184

 

Corey
Salter – (Not present)

Joel Traves
– 268

 

David
Morris – 184

Liam
McCarty – 185

 

Justin
Howard – 244

Jay McCown
– 245.75

 

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