Chris Howie reporting….
OCt. 13th At the American Airlines Arena
Erik Paulson VS Jeff Ford
Justin Eilers VS Justin Howard
-Cuban gives credit to Dana White for making MMA huge.
-Being a fan inspired him to look into the buisness aspect of MMA
-To him it's all about the fighters, it's not about whether the ring girls have big racks, its about letting the fighters put the show on.
-There will be fights on every Friday night on HDNet
-Have talked with IFL and Art of War to have fights on HDNet Fights
-trying to come up with the best deal for Fedor. HDNet Fights offers things he likes but they are also competing with the UFC and other orgs for his services
-Cuban has had meetings with Vince, Linda, and Shane McMahon
-The McMahons are interested in MMA but are worried that people would believe that cards could be fixed or scripted
-the goal for programming is to have MMA on the channel on Friday Nights
-There will be a show hosted by Bas Rutten and Kenny Rice and it will be called Inside MMA, similair to Inside the NFL.
-Nothing has really been talked about for PPV.
-There should be live fights as well
-instead of being organization driven they want HDNet Fights to be talent driven
-Mezger puts over all the fighters that they have on the card.
-Pete Spratt VS Sammy Morgan
-Sean Salmon Leopoldo Serao
-Filikitonga VS Joel Travis in Super Heavyweight
-Main event of the evening will be Erik Paulson VS Jeff Ford. Paulson is coming out of retirement for this.
-because the show was in Dallas they wanted to have a lot of Dallas talent there.
-They have been in talks with Josh Barnett
-puts over HDNet Fights
-talks about making his return to MMA and talks about the talent of his opponent, Jeff Ford
– Paulson lists ALOT of top heavyweights he was training with including, Josh Barnett, Fedor, and the Nogueiras. Also mentions training with the Lions den
-for this fight he was training with Babalu, Josh Barnett, Ricco Chipperelli
-plans to really drill his ground game so that he can compete with Erik Paulson
-has trained with ATT, Frank Shamrock, MFS. HAs trained ground game but has never applied it. Jokes about having a problem rolling around on the ground with a half naked guy.
-hopes to keep the fight standing and belives he has 1 punch knock out power.
-excited to be fighting for HD Net.
-moved to Vegas to train more full time MMA. In the past he focused to much on boxing
-glad to be fighting a guy that will fight his fight.
-trains at the Fight Club in vegas.
-main reason he left Militech was because when he fought Arlovski for the title Sylvia said he wouldnt train with him because he felt it was his title
-thinks there are to many cheifs and not enough opinions at MFS
-Glad to be back fighting for HDNet Fights
-Has been looking forward to fighting Freddie
-looks forward to putting on a show for the fans in Dallas