After his win over MMA legend Hayoto “Mach” Sakurai at Dynamite!! 2010 on New Year’s Eve, it would be easy for Jason High to sit back and revel in his accomplishment, but that’s not his style.
“I wasn’t really too happy with that fight,” High told MMAWeekly.com. “I didn’t feel like I fought that well, but my high school coach used to say whenever you wrestle badly and still win, you’re doing all right.
“Every fight’s important to win. So I try not to think about that when I’m getting ready for a fight against such a big name, because it’s just unnecessary pressure that you put on yourself. I wanted to finish it, but I feel I did good for nine or 10 days notice.”
The win over Sakurai capped off a 2010 that saw High go on a three-fight winning streak after losing his first fight of the year.
“I would have liked to have gone undefeated, but if I had won the fight in the UFC (against Charlie Brenneman) I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to fight at Dynamite!! on New Year’s Eve,” admitted High.
“I just tried to stay positive (after the loss) and got back in the gym as soon as possible and got to work on the things I needed work on.”
High isn’t wasting any time getting back in the cage to continue showcasing his improvements. He takes on Rudy Bears on Jan. 28 for Titan Fighting Championships in Kansas City, Kan.
“I plan on getting in his face and make him feel uncomfortable, forcing him to back up and put him on his back sometime,” commented High. “I feel I can finish him with a submission or ground and pound.
“I really think that it will be a good opportunity to show off against a guy that’s pretty tough and has some experience.”
As it currently stands, as long as he continues to face opposition that can push him forward, High is open to competing anywhere.
“It really doesn’t matter where I fight at, at this point, I just want to keep fighting,” he stated. “The most important thing for me is getting experience, more cage time, and keep getting serious competition.”
Win or lose, High continues to push himself equally and intends to make 2011 the year that he becomes recognized as one of the top fighters in the world.
“I just want to thank everybody in Kansas City and everyone at The Body Shop for helping me out,” closed out High. “I’d like to see all the Kansas City fans show up and hopefully we can get a good crowd and get a little love from them.
“I just want to keep fighting hard and keep being successful. I’m on a good winning steak, so I want to just keep going. If I keep improving and do what I’ve been doing, the wins will take care of themselves.”