Jason High was cut from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) roster because he shoved referee Kevin Mulhall after his Lightweight clash against Rafael dos Anjos last weekend (June 7, 2014) at UFC Fight Night 42 event.
It was an emotional sign of protest at the ref's decision to put an end to the fight midway through round two after High felt he could have kept going despite being on the receiving end of the Brazilian's ground-and-pound.
A split-second lapse of judgement? Yes. Did it warrant a ban from UFC? According to UFC president Dana White, it did, because it was no different than the infamous Paul Daley sucker punch on Josh Koscheck after their 2010 bout came to an end that earned "Semtex" a lifetime ban from the promotion.
In a recent Twitter post from High, he took the opportunity to take a jab at UFC after his release.
Push steroids, not referees. #NOTED— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) June 12, 2014
IT WAS AN ACCIDENT! Oh well…— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) June 12, 2014
Of course, while "KC Bandit" failed to name names, but one can't help but to see his obvious displeasure at how UFC higher ups handled his transgression as opposed to Chael Sonnen's recent failed drug test.
"American Gangster" tested positive for banned substances -- not steroids -- which included Clomiphene and HCG. According to Sonnen, he wasn't trying to gain an advantage, he was simply doing what was necessary to live a normal life after the ban on testosterone replacement therapy (TRT).
Though he was yanked from his proposed bout against Vitor Belfort at UFC 175, that's as far as his punishment went.
Of course, we'll never know just how further UFC or the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) intended to punish Chael, as the former No. 1 middleweight contender called it a career on the heels of the aftermath. Though this response from White indicates that not much action would have been taking on Sonnen ... at least not from his end.
But, as we've seen in the past, UFC isn't opposed to dropping the hammer on fighters who flunked drug tests.
Nevertheless, High isn't impressed by the drastic differences in the handling of these two recent situations by UFC officials.
Can you blame him?