Earlier this year, Seven invited Jason High to help us launch Seven Fightgear. His winning fight record, elite skills in wrestling and stand up, and reputation as a tough fighter were exactly the combination that we wanted for Seven Fightgear. Affectionately called the Kansas City Bandit, Jason is currently signed to a multi-fight deal with Strikeforce, and part of the American Top Team. His background as an NCAA Division I wrestler for the University of Nebraska laid the foundation for his ground game, which is strengthened by his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu skills, honed during a semester studying abroad in Costa Rica in 2005. High made it to the finals of the Dream Welterweight Grand Prix in 2009, before losing via a highlight reel head kick knock out to Marius Zaromskis.
In an article for MMA NonStop, Corey Smith wrote about Jason, “ Like his last name, his wrestling level is high, and his stamina is considered nearly limitless. Favoring rapid and relentless takedowns, Jason is known to fire off several attempts in a row, until taking his opponent down and pummeling him with ground and pound.”
Jason opened an MMA gym in Leawood, Kansas, with fellow fighter L.C. Davis in October 2011, offering the highest level of MMA instruction in the Kansas City metro. He now lives in Overland Park, Kansas.
Jason splits his time with American Top Team and his own gym in Kansas City, HD (High-Davis) MMA, co-founded with LC Davis. High is currently on an seven fight win streak, and many in the martial arts community wonder why his solid winning record against talented opponents Todd Moore, Quinn Mulhern, and highly regarded prospect Jordan Mein hasn’t earned him more fights or recognition. Jason did fight once for the UFC, losing a unanimous decision to Charlie Brenneman. As Corey Smith reported in his article it was “considered a head scratching move by many when High was cut after the loss, despite Brenneman being considered one of the UFC’s rising stars.”
Here are some other shots of Jason during the Seven Fightgear Photo Shoot. His sparring partner is Tyler Stinson.
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