Jun 7, 2014; Albuquerque, NM, USA; Rafael Dos Anjos (red) celebrates his victory over Jason High (blue) after their lightweight bout during UFC Fight Night 42 at Tingley Coliseum. Dos Anjos won via second round stoppage. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Opinion: Jason High Referee Shove Is No Big Deal


When MMA fighter Jason High shoved the referee at Ultimate Fight Night 42 he was clearly out of line, and he should definitely be given some kind of an official warning. But it was just a shove. If he had punched the referee, like Phil Baroni did to Larry Landless after Landless stopped his fight at UFC 45 with the late great Evan Tanner prematurely, I could certainly see a fine and suspension being in order. As a result of no punches being thrown at the referee by High, the old adage of no harm no foul should come into play.

However, you could argue that given Landless’ track record for incompetence, some will have Baroni’s side in the matter. High on the other hand, should not be supported. Kevin Mulhall was simply looking out for the safety of High– rather than administering an in fight quiz like Landless did to Baroni.

Then there is the time Brock Lesnar shoved that police officer/security guard out of the way when he was on his way to the cage at UFC 121. If anything happened to Brock, Google hasn’t heard about it. It would not be fair to penalize High when Lesnar was not penalized. Give High an official warning, scold him, whatever. Just let the man fight again.

Should Jason High be given a short scolding? Perhaps a fine and a suspension? Sound off in the comments section below.

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