Jason High’s mixed-martial arts career has spanned 12 years, but it’s included only two fights in front of his hometown crowd.
The third comes Friday. High, a former Blue Springs High School wrestler, will make his third Kansas City appearance on Friday at Municipal Auditorium as part of the World Series of Fighting 33.
But it won’t be the hometown advantage one might expect. High, 34, says his mother and grandmother won’t be in attendance. It’s too difficult for them to watch him compete in the physically-grueling sport that pits participants inside a cage.
“My mom, she likes to watch the fights after they’re over,” High said. “She doesn’t come to them, which is understandable.
“But it looks a lot worse than it is.”
High, 19-5, will match up against Joao Zeferino, 20-8, in a lightweight bout Friday. They will occupy one of the fights on the main event card, which will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network at 10 p.m.
The WSOF card includes a pair of championship fights. Also in the lightweight division, undefeated champion Justin Gaethje will face Ozzy Dugulubgov. And in the light heavyweight class, David Branch meets Vinny Magalhaes.
A set of preliminary fights will start at 7 p.m. Friday. The main event card includes six matchups.
High, who was a member of the Blue Springs state-championship wrestling team in 1999 and has been dubbed “The Kansas City Bandit” in his MMA career, participated in a Facebook Live chat with The Star on Monday.
When asked if he expects a shot at the lightweight title if he wins Friday, High said, “As far as I’m concerned, I’m the best in the division. So after I beat Zeferino, you can see the Jason High Sweepstakes for the main event.”