UFC fighter Jason High has apologized following an outburst at UFC Fight Night 42 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he shoved a referee following a loss to No. 5 ranked Rafael dos Anjos.
Referee Kevin Mulhall stopped the bout between High and dos Anjos, after dos Anjos began landing ground-and-pound on his opponent. High was barely hanging on and was doing nothing to defend himself, so the action was stopped.
After the fight, a visibly upset High shoved the referee and paced around the cage.
Jason High took to Twitter to publicly apologize for the incident, saying “Incredibly sorry and embarrassed for the ref incident. Will never happen again.”
UFC senior director of public relations Dave Sholler said that punishment of High is possible and likely.
“Ultimately, that decision is going to be up to the commission, when you talk about fines or suspensions. On behalf of the organization, completely unacceptable. You can’t put your hands on the official. In the heat of the moment, a lot of things can happen – you can’t put your hands on an official. So we’ll regroup on Monday with the executive team and we’ll figure out if there’s any other things that need to happen,” Sholler said at the post-fight press conference.
The fight itself caused polarizing opinions on Twitter.
Although High wasn’t properly or intelligently defending himself, many thought Mulhall’s stoppage of the fight was quick. Others noted the fact that dos Anjos landed numerous shots to the back of the head of High, which are illegal.