Erik Paulson On What It's Like to Train Brock Lesnar In MMA
Erik Paulson, who recently fought for HDNet and is a former World Shooto light-heavyweight champion, helped Brock Lesnar prepare for UFC 81.
Following is a little insight into those sessions... (from Ultimate Grappling issue May 2008)
When did the arrangement come about?
Brock had gone to (Pat) Miletich's academy, but Greg Nelson, one of my top instructors inthe U.S., was right down the road from him, so he ended up training at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy. They hit it off, especially after Brock found out Greg wrestled for Minnesota.
When did you get involved?
Brock flew me in for one week on two occasions. We worked on sub attacks and sub defense, but he was too big and strong and fast for me.
I met him daily (for two weeks), and I could not be late. Brock gives you a time to show up. If you're late, he will not train with you. You have to show up early. He's very proffessional.
How much progress did he make?
He made huge progress during our time together. When I first got him, he had just come back from deer hunting so he did not have his wind. Still I could tell that he was a super-duper athlete.
When I got him again (in the following one-week session), he went eight rounds of five minutes. Each guy (who went against him) had to sit out after one round because of how hard he made it.
What was he like on the night of the fight?
On fight night, I warmed up with him in the locker room. He crossed-faced me so bad that he almost broke my nose. He was so amped up. Then he threw a wrestling coach on his forehead. I was like, "Wow".
How will he do in the future?
The little guys won't be able to submit him, he is so powerful. Everyone who saw him said he's the real deal. You saw how fast and explosivehe is. I don't know how a guy that big moves so fast.
Will you work with him again?
I hope so. I get along with him. When we first met, he said he wasn't sure if he would like me or not. He said he did not want Mr. California (superficial). He said it's a big thing for him to have a guy he likes. It turns out we're both from Minnesota, so it worked out well. Plus, his wife gets along with my Tonya, my girlfriend.
In preparation for his next fight, Greg is going to take him back to basics. Basic jiu-jitsu. If he can master that, he will do great.
All in all, how was the experience?
It was refreshing to work with him because he is very professional. Everything he does is right on the money. There is nothing false about him. He is a real person. Plus, his father was a farmer, and he grew up in North Dakota so he knows what hard work is all about.
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