During the pre-fight media scrum for UFC 173, UFC president Dana White stated that welterweight turned lightweight Jason High will never compete in the promotion again. After losing to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 42 on Saturday, High shoved referee Kevin Mulhall, and was cut by the UFC shortly after. Now, it has been confirmed by White that, no matter what, High won’t appear inside the Octagon ever again.
Dana White also branded the incident worse than the Paul Daley-Josh Koscheck affair, in which Daley ‘sucker punched’ his opponent after the bell rang. He reasoned that the two are fighters, whereas the referee is not inside the cage to get into a fight, making any attack on the ref unnecessary.
“Unforgivable. He’ll never come back, ever.”
High posted a 2-3 record in the UFC, with the loss to dos Anjos breaking a two fight winning streak. He is also a veteran of promotions such as Dream, Strikeforce and Affliction, defeating the likes of Jordan Mein and Hayato Sakurai in a solid career thusfar.
In related news, World Series of Fighting stated that they would be interested in signing High despite the incident. Despite ‘The KC Bandit’ going on to apologise about the incident via Twitter and was visibly annoyed at himself for the shove, Dana White felt that there were no excuses for such behaviour and cutting High was a “no brainer.”
White stated that he had not seen the incident, had in fact only watched the final two bouts of the card and based his decision on the comments of others. According to the UFC president, if you touch a referee, that’s it. This no tolerance policy is refreshing for a promotion that could easily have bad connotations otherwise.