Jason High’s MMA career has taken him to a variety of places, including stops with the UFC, Strikeforce and others.
However, after a second round TKO loss to current UFC champion Rafael dos Anjos in June of last year, High lost his cool.
He bumped the referee and was subsequently released from the promotion and given a suspension by the New Mexico Athletic Commission.
Now, 32 years old, High (18-5) has signed with the World Series of Fighting and is expected to make his debut soon.
“I was 32 then and it hurts to lose a year, but moving past it and, you know, I’m just ready to get back to work. Like you said, it’s been a year but I feel like I’ve stayed sharp and still training. I’ve been doing well,” he said, during a recent interview with Submission Radio. “Yeah there was a few moments like that of course. A year can be a long time. I mean, now that’s over it doesn’t seem like it was that long. I mean, it kind of does, but not really. But when you’re going through it, it can definitely seem long. But I’m kind of invested in this MMA game, man.
“I really enjoy doing it, I enjoy the training, I enjoy all of it that, and I have the gym. So it just benefits everybody, myself and everybody around me for me to stay sharp and then get back to fighting and be ready to go as soon as the suspension is up. So that’s what I was focused on.”
High mentioned November as a target date for his WSOF debut, adding that he’s “looking forward to it” and plans to make a quick push to challenge current champion Justin Gaethje.
“He’s wide open, man,” High said of the champ. “He’s a tough cat, but he ain’t gonna be nothing for me.”
During his career, High’s topped the likes of Jordan Mein, James Head, Rudy Bears and Anthony Lapsley, scoring eight wins via submission.