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Jason High has heard all the rumblings about what it’s like facing a Brazilian in their home country. The tales of not being able to hear anything with seemingly an entire county rooting for your demise and proclamations that it’s exponentially worse than so-called ‘Octagon jitters’, however, isn’t something he’s buying into.
“I’m sure the crowd is going to be ridiculous, and I expect that, but they can’t fight for him,” High said in a recent interview with Punch Drunk Radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network.
“It would worry me if all those Brazilians could come in the cage. Then we’d have a problem. But until they sanction tag-team matches I’m good.”
High (Twitter: @KCBanditMMA) makes his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship this Saturday when he takes on Erick Silva in a welterweight battle as part of the main card for UFC on Fuel TV 10: Nogueira vs. Werdum. The Facebook/YouTube prelims begin at 4:30 p.m. ET and the main card kicks off at 8 p.m. ET live from Ginásio Paulo Sarasate in Fortaleza, Brazil.
High (16-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who enters on a seven-fight win streak, competed under the Strikeforce banner for his last three fights and was among those who were transitioned into the UFC after Strikeforce was disbanded. He was originally scheduled to fight Ildemar Alcantara but was moved up to the main card to meet Silva (14-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC) when Silva’s original opponent, John Hathaway, withdrew due to suffering from ulcerative colitis.
With a higher-profile opponent for a fight now airing on the main card the last thing High will be focusing on is the perceived effect the Brazilian fans may have.
“It doesn’t bother me,” High said. “I’ve never fought in Brazil so I don’t know if it’s BS or not, but what am I going to do about it? I have to go to Brazil and fight this guy so I’m not going to lose a bunch of sleep over it or be nervous. I’ve fought Japanese guys in Japan and admittedly the crowds are a lot different there, but it’s still a fight. We could be fighting in his backyard and I’m still going to try to kick his ass.”
High last saw action nearly 11 months ago when he forced Nate Moore to submit to a guillotine choke just 26 seconds into the first round during Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy. His last an only bout inside the Octagon came against Charlie Brenneman at UFC Fight Night: Florian vs. Gomi in March 2010. High lost the fight by unanimous decision and was subsequently released by the promotion. He hasn’t tasted defeat since with victories over Jordan Mein and Rudy Bears during his winning streak.
“I like to fight, that’s what I want to be doing so it’s been frustrating, especially since I’m not injured or anything and it’s not up to me,” High said. “Hopefully that’s over now with Strikeforce folding. It’s good to be back (in the UFC).
Silva, the former Jungle Fights Welterweight Champion, knocked out Luis Ramos in his UFC debut at UFC 134 but lost by disqualification in his next fight for punches to the back of the head on a downed Carlo Prater at UFC 142, a fight Silva appeared to win. He followed with a submission win over Brenneman at UFC on FX: Johnson vs. McCall before losing a unanimous decision to Jon Fitch at UFC 153 in Brazil to even his UFC record at 2-2.
“He’s tough and I’m excited for it,” High said. “It’s a step up in competition and it’s on the main card so it’s all upside for me.”
When Silva lost to Fitch the 28-year old Brazilian was shut down by Fitch’s smothering wrestling and positional grappling. High saw something in that fight that he believes exploited a weakness in Silva he can again expose.
“One of my wrestling coaches used to say ‘you can’t unscramble an egg’,” said High, who was a Division I wrestler for the University of Nebraska. “He’s already been broken. He showed people that personality trait so I just have to put enough pressure on him to make him reveal it again.”
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UFC welterweight Jason High (Twitter: @KCBanditMMA) will join the show. Following a three-year hiatus from the UFC, High returns to the Octagon on a seven-fight win streak when he meets Erick Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 10.
Former UFC middleweight Gerald Harris (Twitter: @GHurricaine) will also stop by this evening’s podcast. Harris is now a welterweight, competing in the WSOF. Harris is also the proud owner of a gym, Hurricane Training Center, which he operates in Tulsa, Okla.
Also on tonight’s episode, Jeremy Fullerton (Twitter: @TheDweeze), Brand Manager for UFC Brands at Topps, will preview Topps’ newest product on the market, which happens to be a fan favorite. The “UFC Knockout” line is one of the more sought after series of Topps UFC trading cards, and Fullerton can advise collectors and hobbyists what to expect. Don’t miss the Topps Cards giveaways we’ll be doing on the show and on Twitter! Follow along at @PunchDrunkMMA.
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Strikeforce remains a source of great MMA despite a lack of exposure. Though most of the fights Saturday night went to decision at “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy,” it displayed MMA’s best attributes in a sleeper card for the year.
The main card of “Strikeforce: Rockhold vs. Kennedy” opens with a back-and-forth battle between Lorenz Larkin and Robbie Lawler. Lawler immediately goes headhunting on Larkin, backing him up against the cage and throwing haymakers. Larkin survives the onslaught, only for the two to trade blows before the round ends.
Round two features Larkin slowly out-striking Lawler. By round’s end, Lawler has a split eyebrow and is weeping crimson tears. The final round is Lawler withering under Larkin’s assault, the cut widening and blood obscuring his vision. It proves the difference maker – Larkin wins via unanimous decision in an even brawl.
Roger Gracie and Keith Jardine met next in a grappling standoff. Gracie smothers Jardine the first round, constantly seeking submissions and raining short-range elbows. The second stanza opens with Jardine sliced and Gracie mopping him over the mat. Amazingly, Jardine survives, only for Gracie to outlast him and win a convincing unanimous decision.
After that, Nate Marquardt and Tyron Woodley scrapped for Strikeforce’s vacant welterweight title. The two traded heavy blows right away, rocking each other in the first round. In the second, Marquardt throws everything he has at a resilient Woodley. From there, Marquardt uses his experience to eviscerate Woodley. Brawling until round four, Marquardt knocks out Woodley with a elbow-uppercut flurry against the cage.
In the main event, Luke Rockhold and Tom Kennedy clash in a war of attrition. Kennedy shoots for takedowns, but Rockhold stays strong with reactive submissions and superior striking. The second round is more even, both men going back-and-forth for dominance. In round three, Kennedy manhandles Rockhold where he can but finds problem’s with Rockhold’s wiry frame. Rockhold returns in round four, throwing down with as much as he can to throw Kennedy off. It makes a difference, Rockhold winning by unanimous decision. Not everyone watched it, but it’s a night of great fights with high stakes.