By Ken Pishna (Photos by Scott Petersen)
– HDNet Fights held its first ever weigh-ins on Friday in the heart of
Cowboys… er… make that Mavericks country, in Dallas, Texas.
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.
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.
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.
waiting more than seven years to make his return to professional MMA, Paulson
was none too happy about it either.
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).”
that after some negotiations involving the athletic commission, the bout was
allowed to continue, although Ford reportedly does face a fine in proportion to
unprofessional,” commented Paulson. “(But) hey, I’m going to fight regardless.
I’ve been waiting a long time to do this.”
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.
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.”
Fights Weigh-In Results
Paulson – 212.5
Espiricueta – 185.5
Lapsley – 170.75
Fickett – 171.25
Thompson – 241
Eilers – 231
Waldburger – 170.5
Roberts – 154.75
Bowles – 153
Marrero – 184
Salter – (Not present)
Morris – 184
McCarty – 185
Howard – 244