During his time off from Mixed Martial Arts, Jason High decided he wanted to win a World Championship in BJJ.
It's no secret that Strikeforce fighter Jason High, hasn't been that active much in MMA recently. As a popular figure within the MMA community and as one of the most active guys on twitter, memes such as #SinceJasonHighFought have been created to try and make light of an otherwise frustrating situation for most fighters.
High took things in stride, and while he may have been away for an extended period, the former Division I wrestler has made the most of his time off. This was more evident this past week, when High took his grappling to the next level and competed at the 2012 IBJJF World Championships. He finished all of his opponents, eventually winning Gold at blue belt in the Medium- division (194.5 lbs.), and subsequently getting promoted to Purple Belt.
"It was awesome to be able to compete at the World Championships," High said as he talked to BloodyElbow.com about the experience, "I haven't competed in a while and even though it wasn't a fight, it was great to get in and have a competitive outlet again."
"It's cool to be able to break down a separate discipline and concentrate on it for awhile. I hope to see dividends in my MMA career, as well as my gym ownership and future competition Jiujitsu career."
Jason has also sent us footage of his finals match, so after the jump, watch how the 'KC Bandit' won a BJJ World Championship during his break from MMA.
High's next Strikeforce fight will be against Nate Moore this July, and when he steps in the cage for the first time in almost a year, it will be interesting to see if he will be bringing the experience he gained from all these 'souvenirs':