World Series of Fighting has added a notable competitor to its roster – one who has been waiting in the shadows for over a year.
WSOF Senior Executive Vice President Ali Abdelaziz announced the promotion had signed former UFC fighter Jason High – as well as fellow octagon veteran Mike Ricci – to a contract via Twitter.
“The Kansas City Bandit” is coming off a year-long suspension. During his fight with Rafael dos Anjos in 2014, High shoved the referee, who had stopped the fight and declared dos Anjos the winner. High believed the referee had stopped the fight too early, prompting him to put his hands on the official. The UFC cut him because of his actions.
High brings an 18-5 record to the promotion, including going 8-2 in his last 10 fights. In addition to his success in the UFC and Strikeforce, The Kansas City Bandit has had success overseas in the Japanese-based DREAM promotion.
He made it to the finals of the 2009 DREAM Welterweight Grand Prix, submitting Yuya Shirai in the quarterfinals, then picking up a split-decision win over Andre Galvao in the semi-final round. In the championship bout, he was knocked out by Marius Zaromskis in the first round.
Yet High won’t be competing in WSOF’s welterweight division, which already has former several former UFC talents such as Jon Fitch, Yushin Okami, Jake Shields and former champion Rousimar Palhares. He’ll actually be competing in the lightweight division. High’s bout against dos Anjos was his 155-pound debut.
But High has a chance to make the dos Anjos loss a distant memory and have a proper 155 debut. For the Kansas City Bandit, WSOF is a new landscape and he has the tools and experience to take its lightweight division by storm.