Jason High finished off 2010 riding a three-fight win streak, which included the best win of his career, defeating MMA veteran Hayato “Mach” Sakurai via Split Decision at Dream/K-1 Dynamite 2010. He picked up where he left off, defeating Bellator veteran Rudy Bears via Guillitone Choke at Titan Fighting Championship 16 on Friday.
The KC Bandit, returning to his hometown of Kansas City for training after spending most of his time in California with former MFC Lightweight Champion Antonio McKee, made the most of his first fight of 2011, quickly getting a submission victory just 51 seconds into the first round. High quickly shot in and dropped Bears with a single leg and landed some minor ground and pound before making the swift transition to the submission, securing his fourth straight victory since being released by the UFC after a loss to Charlie Brennamen.
The 29-year old High burst onto the MMA scene in the DREAM Welterweight tournament, quickly dispatching of Yuya Shirai and winning a Split Decision victory over mutli-time BJJ World Champion Andre Galvao before falling to current DREAM Welterweight Champion, Marius Zaromskis in the finals. After a one-and-done stint in the UFC, High fought for Rumble in the Cage and Heat XC in Canada before heading to Japan and earning the biggest win of his career over Sakurai.
“Thaaaaaank you. I guess that makes up for all the guillotines I’ve been missing in fights recently…” High posted to his Twitter account after the fight.
While being released after only one fight with the UFC, High can’t be ignored as a threat in the welterweight division. Admittedly being just a wrestler with some submission, High has quickly made the most of his training, becoming more of a well rounded mixed martial artist, supplementing his wrestling and submission game with effective striking, which he has shown off in some of his recent fights. If there was any fighter who deserved another shot, it would be High and judging by his recent fights, he’s more than ready for the challenge again.
About the Author (Author Profile)I was born in New York, but currently reside in PA. Have been following the sport since about 2000, ever since I picked up a few VHS' of the old UFC tournaments. I served on active duty in the Marines and currently serve in the PA Army National Guard. I've been doing sub-wrestling and BJJ for about 2 years and have studied Aikido for 3 years. I enjoy all forms of combat sports, but huge into BJJ tournaments and of course, MMA.
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