The 32-year old High was cut unceremoniously by the UFC days after shoving referee Kevin Mulhall at his bout against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque. Though the New Mexico Athletic Commission has yet to hand down a suspension or a fine, UFC president Dana White was swift to action.
"He’s cut," White told UFC.com. "I’m going to cut him. I look at that the way [Paul] Daley put his hands on his opponent after a fight was over [at UFC 113]. You don’t ever, ever f---ing touch a referee, ever. You're done here. He's been apologizing on Twitter, but he’s done."
WSOF has provided second chances for fighters in the past, most notably with Rousimar Palhares, who was cut by the UFC after holding a heel hook too long against Mike Pierce. It wasn't a first-time offense for "Toquinho." Palhares had been suspended for a similar infraction back in 2010 when he held on too long against Tomasz Drwal at UFC 111 in New Jersey.
When asked if the promotion would be willing to sign High, who made his lightweight debut in Albuquerque, Sefo said it's a possibility.
"I'd be interested in Jason High for sure," Sefo said. "He's a great fighter."
Sefo, who called High a great fighter and talent, said he has seen the contrition from High in the wake of the incident against dos Anjos.
"If we were to have him on the roster, I've read some of his apologies and, you know, in the heat of the moment he did something that he shouldn't have done, and I'm sure he's very sorry about it," he said. "I'm sure it won't happen again. But you know, he's a disciplined fighter, and we all do silly things at different times."
Matchmaker Abdel-Aziz, who has been one of the more vocal backers of Palhares, echoed what Sefo was saying.
"We're all human beings, we all make mistakes," he said. "It shouldn't end his career, and he should have to apologize publicly, like he did."
Just like with Palhares, Sefo said that if High were to become a WSOF fighter, they wouldn't tolerate any further missteps.
"There's been incidents that happened in the UFC and they were setting an example that they wouldn't tolerate that," Sefo said. "We wouldn't tolerate anybody putting their hands on the ref."