New Mexico Commission Suspends Jason High for One Year for Shoving Referee

June 19, 2014
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08-Jason-High-9039-UFC-167-wNot only did Jason High lose his job recently for shoving the referee after losing his fight with Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 42 on June 7, he’s also temporarily lost his ability to earn a paycheck from fighting.

New Mexico State Athletic Commission chairman Tom King told Wednesday night that the commission suspended High for one year from the date of the fight and fined him 10 percent of his fight purse.

High’s suspension runs through June 7, 2015, and his fine is $1,900.

Referee Kevin Mulhall called a halt to the dos Anjos vs. High fight due to what he perceived as High not intelligently defending dos Anjos’ strikes late in the second round. High immediately popped up, furious, and shoved Mulhall in the heat of the moment.

He later took to Twitter to apologize.

“Incredibly sorry & embarrassed for the ref incident. Will never happen again,” High wrote.

UFC president Dana White didn’t witness the incident, but after reviewing it, he fired High.

“What I did find out is that I guess that Jason High kid got up and pushed a referee; he’s cut,” said White.

Now, with the New Mexico commission levying a year-long suspension, High not only has to change employers, he has to find another way to earn a living, at least for the next year.

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  • We.Are.Legion

    Good. You were an ambassador of the sport, fighting on the biggest stage in the world. You should be embarrassed.

  • Your_Dad

    It’s a shame that refs don’t receive any kind of punishment when they completely screw a fighter over.

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  • Pat Garret

    It was ,such a weak push too, this kid is being made a example of.

  • Mark McDowall

    You don’t put your hands on officials…in any sport…no matter how retarded they may be. That being said…New Mexico has probably been suspended permanently after the entire night of horrible judging and. Call me crazy…but is it me or is it a bit odd that every fighter on the card was randomly drug tested…except ALL of Jacksons fighters…

    • We.Are.Legion

      Actually they tested 3 Jacksons fighters. I live here and have been in the loop for years. My brother is on the commission and they did test Jacksons fighters. That was just a rumor Pearsons camp started.