Jason High was recently cut by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after shoving referee Kevin Mulhall immediately following his loss to Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 42 back on June 7, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Comparing High's hot-headed moment to that of Paul Daley's 2010 sucker punch of Josh Koscheck after the bout was over, UFC President Dana White was adamant that just like Daley, High would not be welcome back into the Octagon ever again.
In response to his release, a disappointed High took to his Twitter account to post a subtle, yet, strong message which simply read "push steroids, not referees. #NOTED." An obvious jab at White and Co. for their less-drastic handling of Chael Sonnen's failed drug test in comparison to his own transgression.
"In my mind, there is no comparison to an emotion thing like that after a fist fight to a calculated, systematic cheating effort," said High during a recent interview on The MMA Hour. "There is really no comparison, but the simple message is there. Dana kind of backed off like he did with Vitor (Belfort) and said that the commission would take care of Vitor, so why not let the commission take care of my deal, also?"
"I just don't understand the discrepancy in disciplinary tactics, or lack thereof," added High. "That's one thing that doesn't make a lot of sense to me because it's not logical. It doesn't make sense to a lot of people."
Sure, High did indeed apologize for the incident before getting the boot, but the apology fell on deaf ears.
Revealing that he caught wind of his release on Twitter, with an email from UFC coming in a few days later, High says he was disappointed by Dana White's "drastic" decision to cut him from the promotion without seeing the actual shove firsthand or on tape.
"I mean yeah, of course, just to say he heard about it and make such a drastic decision without even watching, I would have liked him to check it out," said High. "I was completely out of line, I was wrong, you should never touch a referee the way I did, but yeah, I would have liked him to watch it for sure."
High did his best to explain why he did what he did after getting caught up in the moment.
"I kind of liken it to an accident. You don't get in your car and say you are going to go get in a car wreck, " explained High. "Whether it's bad decision making, you're not paying attention or heat of the moment stuff. That's how I liken it," said High.
"I felt like I'm in a fight, I know what I signed up for. Just let me fight, let us both fight," proclaimed Jason. "I was a little disappointed that it worked out a different way. I lost my temper, I was out of line, there's nothing really else to say about it. It's a bad move, bad decision all around. I was out of line."
High went on to say that he did indeed apologize to Mulhal firsthand for the shove, and revealed that the official was very "cool, understanding, and forgiving" of the situation.
For now, High says his management team has heard from other promotions, namely World Series of Fighting (WSOF) and Bellator MMA, though he says he has no clue which way he is leaning.
He's also waiting to see what other, if any, punishment the New Mexico Athletic Commission (NMAC) hands him later this week.