Erik Paulson is a Catch Wrestling and Shooto pioneer who was fighting bare-knuckled in cages long before the term MMA was invented. He now presides over CSW, his fighting academy. It goes without saying that we love Erik's unique and effective brand of Catch-As-Catch-Can Wrestling, BJJ and collegiate wrestling.
We spoke to Erik about his history in the sport of submission grappling and his new book, "Rough and Tumble: The History of American Submission Wrestling." Here's what he had to say: