October 12, 1981 |
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
|Other names||The Kansas City Bandit|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||155 lb (70 kg; 11.1 st)|
|Reach||71.0 in (180 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Lakewood, California|
|Team||American Top Team/HD MMA, Bodyshop Fitness Team/Cleber Jiu-Jitsu (Formerly)|
|Rank||Purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu |
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Jason High (born October 12, 1981) is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Lightweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2005, High has also competed for Strikeforce, Affliction, Titan FC, and DREAM.
High was born in Kansas City, Missouri and has two brothers and a sister. High began playing football and baseball from a young age, before moving to Blue Springs, Missouri at the age of 10, where he discovered wrestling. By his sophomore year at Blue Springs High School he was on the varsity squad. He was a standout in high school, holding a record of 102-23 over three years, with a 44-7 record in his senior year while setting the school's takedown record and finishing fifth in Missouri's state championships. High was also an all-state selection in 1999. He then continued at the collegiate level for five years. He first spent two years at Meramec Community College in St. Louis where he did very well and also qualified twice for the national championships. High then spent three years at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as a walk-on player, which has a very prestigious Division I program. High had a rough start to his career for Nebraska, going 4-16 in his first year on campus, but was able to turn his career around and had winning record of 11-10 in his last year of eligibility. High graduated with three varsity letters from Nebraska. In his last semester at Nebraska, High attended a college in Costa Rica where he discovered jiu-jitsu. He earned a degree in history and used to work as an operations manager and full-time EMT for a private ambulance company. He was still working in the early part of his mixed martial arts career.
Mixed martial arts
High had one amateur fight in 2005, a submission win, before making his professional debut a month later. High won his first seven professional fights before making his debut in Affliction.
High later entered DREAM's welterweight grand prix. In the opening round of the tournament on April 5, 2009, he faced Yuya Shirai. High defeated Shirai quickly in the first round by rear naked choke. In the next round, at Dream 10, he upset Brazilian André Galvão by decision. He faced Marius Zaromskis in the finals, but was knocked out in the first round of the match.
Ultimate Fighting Championship
High later signed with the UFC and made his debut against Charlie Brenneman on the preliminary card of UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi, losing via unanimous decision. After the loss to Brenneman, High was released from the organization.
High moved back to his hometown of Kansas City and opened a facility in Leawood, Kansas with LC Davis and also began training at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida. He rebounded from his two consecutive losses with a unanimous decision victory against Jordan Mein, a young, up and comer from Canada at RITC 40 in Taber, Alberta. He followed that with a first round stoppage of the previously undefeated Keto Allen at Heat XC 6 on the 15th of October.
High next faced Rudy Bears on January 28, 2011 at Titan Fighting 16. He won via submission in the first round.
On February 7, 2011, it was announced that High had signed a multi-fight contract with Strikeforce. He made his debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry and defeated Quinn Mulhern via unanimous decision.
For his third Strikeforce fight, High fought Nate Moore in July 2012 on the preliminary card of Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. He won the fight via guillotine choke submission at just 26 seconds into the first round.
Return to the UFC
On January 8, 2013, High announced he signed a contract with the UFC.
High was expected to face Ildemar Alcantara on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10. However, High was pulled from the bout with Alcantara in late April in favor of a bout on the same card against Erick Silva, after Silva's original opponent, John Hathaway was pulled from the event. He lost the fight via triangle armbar submission.
On an appearance with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on November 18th, 2013, High indicated an interest in dropping down to the Lightweight division. He is hoping to have his next fight (and Lightweight debut) sometime in early first quarter 2014.
High was expected to face Adlan Amagov on January 15, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 35, However, Amagov pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Baneil Dariush. In turn, High pulled out of the bout citing appendicitis and was replaced by returning veteran Charlie Brenneman.
High faced Rafael dos Anjos in a Lightweight bout on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42. He lost the fight via TKO due to punches and was visibly upset about the loss, shoving the referee because he believed it was an early stoppage. High was cut after his loss due to shoving the referee.
Championships and Accomplishments
- 2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Runner Up
- International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation
- 2012 IBJJF World Championship winner (blue belt, medium-heavyweight)
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|23 matches||18 wins||5 losses|
|Loss||18–5||Rafael dos Anjos||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov||June 7, 2014||2||3:36||Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States||Lightweight debut.|
|Win||18–4||Anthony Lapsley||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 167||November 16, 2013||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||17–4||James Head||Submission (guillotine choke)||UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2||August 28, 2013||1||1:41||Indianapolis, Indiana, United States|
|Loss||16–4||Erick Silva||Submission (reverse triangle-armbar)||UFC on Fuel TV: Nogueira vs. Werdum||June 8, 2013||1||1:11||Fortaleza, Brazil|
|Win||16–3||Nate Moore||Submission (guillotine choke)||Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy||July 14, 2012||1||0:26||Portland, Oregon, United States|
|Win||15–3||Todd Moore||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough||September 23, 2011||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||14–3||Quinn Mulhern||Decision (unanimous)||Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry||June 24, 2011||3||5:00||Kent, Washington, United States|
|Win||13–3||Rudy Bears||Technical Submission (guillotine choke)||Titan Fighting Championships 16||January 29, 2011||1||0:51||Kansas City, Kansas, United States|
|Win||12–3||Hayato Sakurai||Decision (split)||Dynamite!! 2010||December 31, 2010||3||5:00||Saitama, Japan|
|Win||11–3||Keto Allen||TKO (punches)||Heat XC 6: Bragging Rights||October 15, 2010||1||2:08||Edmonton, Alberta, Canada|
|Win||10–3||Jordan Mein||Decision (unanimous)||Rumble in the Cage 40||August 26, 2010||3||5:00||Taber, Alberta, Canada|
|Loss||9–3||Charlie Brenneman||Decision (unanimous)||UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi||March 31, 2010||3||5:00||Charlotte, North Carolina, United States|
|Loss||9–2||Marius Žaromskis||KO (head kick)||Dream 10||July 20, 2009||1||2:22||Saitama, Saitama, Japan||DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Final Round|
|Win||9–1||André Galvão||Decision (split)||Dream 10||July 20, 2009||2||5:00||Saitama, Japan||DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Semi-Final Round|
|Win||8–1||Yuya Shirai||Submission (rear-naked choke)||Dream 8||April 5, 2009||1||0:59||Aichi, Japan||DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix Opening Round|
|Loss||7–1||Jay Hieron||KO (punch)||Affliction: Day of Reckoning||January 24, 2009||1||1:04||Anaheim, California, United States|
|Win||7–0||Markhaile Wedderburn||Submission (guillotine choke)||Iroquois: MMA Championships 4||June 21, 2008||1||0:45||Hagersville, Ontario, Canada|
|Win||6–0||Troy Acker||KO (punch)||GC 74: Evolution||February 16, 2008||1||0:24||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Win||5–0||Jay Diamond||Submission (guillotine choke)||International Gladiator Championships||November 10, 2007||1||1:41||Guatemala City, Guatemala|
|Win||4–0||Kevin Burns||TKO (doctor stoppage)||VFC 18: Hitmen||February 16, 2007||2||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||3–0||James Giboo||Submission (rear-naked choke)||MCC 3: Mayhem||May 20, 2006||2||0:56||Des Moines, Iowa, United States|
|Win||2–0||Bryce Teager||Decision (unanimous)||VFC 12: Warpath||February 25, 2006||3||5:00||Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States|
|Win||1–0||Sean Westbrook||Submission (rear-naked choke)||AFC 3: Impact||September 24, 2005||2||2:50||Omaha, Nebraska, USA|
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- "Bio (Jason High)". HighFighter.com. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
- Jordan Newmark (July 10, 2012). "Jason High - Back in the Cage and Looking for a Real Fight". UFC.com.
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- "Can Young Gun Mein Apprehend The Kansas City Bandit?". topmmanews. Retrieved 2010-08-05.
- "Jason High vs. Hayato Sakurai expected for DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010"". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- Steven Marrocco. "UFC and DREAM vet Jason High signs with Strikeforce". MMajunkie.
- George Halvatsis, Jr. (2013-03-07). "Ildemar Alcantara vs Jason High Fortaleza fight booked". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
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- Staff (2013-07-18). "James Head vs. Jason High completes UFC Fight Night 27's 13-bout lineup in Indy". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18.
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- Staff (2013-01-02). "Jason High out of UFC Fight Night 35, Charlie Brenneman returns to meet Beneil Dariush". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
- Matt Erickson (2014-04-30). "Rafael dos Anjos vs. Jason High set for UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2014-04-30.
- Dann Stupp (June 10, 2014). "UFC releases Jason High after shoving referee". MMAjunkie.com.
- Anton Tabuena (June 5, 2012). "Video: Strikeforce Fighter Jason High Wins BJJ World Championship At Blue Belt". bloodyelbow.com.