Jason High

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Jason High
Born (1981-10-12) October 12, 1981 (age 36)
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Other names The Kansas City Bandit
Nationality American
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 156 lb (71 kg; 11.1 st)
Division Lightweight (2014–present)
Welterweight (2005–2013)
Reach 71.0 in (180 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Lakewood, California[2]
Team American Top Team/HD MMA, Bodyshop Fitness Team/Cleber Jiu-Jitsu (Formerly)[2]
Rank Black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu [3]
Mixed martial arts record
Total 29
Wins 21
By knockout 5
By submission 8
By decision 8
Losses 8
By knockout 4
By submission 3
By decision 1
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Jason High (born October 12, 1981)[2] is an American mixed martial artist who most recently competed in the Lightweight division of the Professional Fighters League. A professional competitor since 2005, High has also competed for Strikeforce, Affliction, Titan FC, the World Series of Fighting, DREAM and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.


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.[4]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.


Jason High made his Affliction debut losing to Jay Hieron at the Day of Reckoning card. High was knocked unconscious by one of Hieron's punches.[5]


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[edit]

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.[6]


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.[7] He followed that with a first round stoppage of the previously undefeated Keto Allen at Heat XC 6 on the 15th of October.

High faced Hayato Sakurai on December 31, 2010 at Dynamite!! 2010.[8] He won the fight via split decision.

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.[9] He made his debut at Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry and defeated Quinn Mulhern via unanimous decision.

In his second fight for the promotion, High faced Todd Moore in September 2011 at Strikeforce Challengers: Larkin vs. Rossborough. He won the fight 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[edit]

On January 8, 2013, High announced he signed a contract with the UFC.[10]

High was expected to face Ildemar Alcantara on June 8, 2013 at UFC on Fuel TV 10.[11] 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.[12] He lost the fight via triangle armbar submission.

High faced James Head on August 28, 2013 at UFC Fight Night 27.[13] He won the bout via first round guillotine choke submission.

High faced Anthony Lapsley on November 16, 2013 at UFC 167.[14] He won the fight via unanimous decision.

On an appearance with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour on November 18, 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,[15] However, Amagov pulled out of the bout due to injury and was replaced by promotional newcomer Baneil Dariush.[16] In turn, High pulled out of the bout citing appendicitis and was replaced by returning veteran Charlie Brenneman.[17]

High faced Rafael dos Anjos in a Lightweight bout on June 7, 2014 at UFC Fight Night 42.[18] 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.[19]

World Series of Fighting[edit]

On August 18, 2015 it was announced that High had signed with the World Series of Fighting.[20] He made his promotional debut again fellow Strikeforce and UFC veteran Estevan Payan on November 20, 2015 at WSOF 25.[21] High won the fight via knockout in the second round.[22]

On March 23, 2016, it was announced that High will fight in the co-main event at WSOF 31 on June 17, 2016 against Bellator and UFC vet Mike Ricci.[23] He won via technical knockout in the second round.

High faced João Zeferino at WSOF 33 on October 7, 2016.[24] He lost via technical knockout in the third round.

Professional Fighters League[edit]

High next faced Caros Fodor on June 30, 2017 at Professional Fighters League 36: Fitch vs. Foster. He won the fight via unanimous decision.

High faced Efrain Escudero in a lightweight tournament bout at PFL 2 in Chicago on June 21, 2018.[25] He lost the fight via technical submission in the third round. The ending was controversial as the referee stopped the bout when High quickly moved his hand under Escudero's body, resulting in the referee believing it was a tap. However, upon review of replays, it was clear High had not tapped.[26]

In his second fight in the tournament, High faced Natan Schulte on August 2, 2018 at PFL 5. He lost the fight via technical submission due to a rear-naked choke in the first round.

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 21–8 Natan Schulte Technical Submission (rear-naked choke) PFL 5 August 2, 2018 1 4:18 Uniondale, New York, United States
Loss 21–7 Efrain Escudero Technical Submission (guillotine choke) PFL 2 June 21, 2018 3 0:35 Chicago, Illinois, United States Catchweight (162 lb) bout; Escudero missed weight
Win 21–6 Caros Fodor Decision (unanimous) Professional Fighters League - PFL: Daytona June 30, 2017 3 5:00 Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Loss 20–6 João Zeferino TKO (punches) WSOF 33 October 7, 2016 3 0:51 Kansas City, Missouri, United States Catchweight (160 lbs) bout.
Win 20–5 Mike Ricci TKO (punches) WSOF 31 June 17, 2016 2 4:08 Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States
Win 19–5 Estevan Payan KO (head kick and punches) WSOF 25 November 20, 2015 2 0:47 Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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. Cut from promotion.
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 FC 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, United States

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fight Card - UFC Fight Night Henderson vs. Khabilov". UFC.com. Retrieved June 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bio (Jason High)". HighFighter.com. Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  3. ^ Jordan Newmark (July 10, 2012). "Jason High - Back in the Cage and Looking for a Real Fight". UFC.com. 
  4. ^ http://www.bloodyelbow.com/2013/6/6/4390018/coach-mikes-fact-grinder-jason-high-ufc-fuel-tv-10-erick-silva
  5. ^ Karkoski, Kris (January 25, 2009). "Affliction "Day of Reckoning" Results: Fedor Emelianeko Retains Title With First-Round Knockout of Andrei Arlovski". MMAFrenzy.com. Retrieved November 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Welterweight Jason High one and done in UFC". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2010-04-14. 
  7. ^ "Can Young Gun Mein Apprehend The Kansas City Bandit?". topmmanews. Retrieved 2010-08-05. 
  8. ^ "Jason High vs. Hayato Sakurai expected for DREAM "Dynamite!! 2010"". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  9. ^ Steven Marrocco. "UFC and DREAM vet Jason High signs with Strikeforce". MMajunkie. Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. 
  10. ^ http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1476439-ufc-books-fight-for-former-strikeforce-welterweight-jason-high
  11. ^ George Halvatsis, Jr. (2013-03-07). "Ildemar Alcantara vs Jason High Fortaleza fight booked". MMAmania.com. Retrieved 2013-03-07. 
  12. ^ Staff (2013-04-25). "Jason High replaces John Hathaway, meets Erick Silva at UFC on FUEL TV 10". mmajunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-25. 
  13. ^ 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. 
  14. ^ Staff (2013-10-17). "Jason High vs. Anthony Lapsley Added to UFC 167". mmaweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-10-17. 
  15. ^ Staff. "UFC Fight Night 35 adds Amagov vs. High, Houston vs. Smith, Edwards vs. Nijem". MMAjunkie.com. Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2013-11-24. 
  16. ^ Staff (2013-12-20). "Jason High announces he's fighting newcomer Baneil Dariush at UFC Fight Night 35". mmajunkie.com. Retrieved 2013-12-20. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ 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. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Dann Stupp (June 10, 2014). "UFC releases Jason High after shoving referee". MMAjunkie.com. 
  20. ^ "Jason High signs with World Series of Fighting". mmafighting.com. 2015-08-18. 
  21. ^ "Jason High vss Estevan Payan, plus eight man lightweight tourney field set for WSOF 25". mmajunkie.com. 2015-10-18. 
  22. ^ "WSOF 25 results: Brian Foster caps unlikely comeback, KOs Joao Zeferino to win tourney". MMA Junkie. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015. 
  23. ^ "Jason High vs. Mike Ricci targeted for co-main event at June's WSOF 31". 
  24. ^ "Shawn Jordan's WSOF debut, two other bouts round out WSOF 33 six-fight main card". 
  25. ^ "PFL 2018 #2: Regular Season". tapology.com. Retrieved June 15, 2018. 
  26. ^ "Efrain Escudero says Jason High tapped out, 'overreacted' to controversial PFL 2 fight". MMAjunkie.com. June 21, 2018. 
  27. ^ Anton Tabuena (June 5, 2012). "Video: Strikeforce Fighter Jason High Wins BJJ World Championship At Blue Belt". bloodyelbow.com. 

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