Lightweight fighter Jason High has been issued a year-long suspension by the New Mexico State Athletic Commission from an incident stemming from his bout at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov on June 7 in Albuquerque, N.M. The incident, which saw High push referee Kevin Mulhall after a stoppage for being on the wrong end of a TKO at the hands of opponent Rafael dos Anjos, ended up costing High his job with the UFC as well.
After the bout, High took to social media and issued a public apology.
Incredibly sorry & embarrassed for the ref incident. Will never happen again.
— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) June 8, 2014
It was to no avail though. Soon after, UFC president Dana White dropped the axe.
Questions remain as to whether the punishment handed down by the NMSAC truly fit the crime – questions exacerbated by the much-maligned (and deservedly so) decision in the Ross Pearson/Diego Sanchez and the fact that the commission has refused to change the official result. In that bout, fans and media alike all had Pearson winning a clear-cut decision, while the judges saw it the other way. That the UFC paid Pearson his win bonus only adds to the notion of the NMSAC’s incompetency.
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