MMAOddsBreaker’s Frank Trigg speaks with World Series of Fighting 25 lightweight Jason High as he prepares for his upcoming co-main event against Estevan Payan at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona.

The former Strikeforce and UFC competitor is competing for the first time after serving a year suspension for pushing a referee, and he went to some dark places during his downtime. He elaborated:

“A year is  along time, especially at 34 (years old). It seems so long when you’re in the midst of it but I definitely kicked that around a lot, retiring and just moving on. I just couldn’t do it… It can feel like, especially a guy like you or me, if you’ve been wrestling forever, it can feel like the end of your life. It’s a cliff you’re looking over and you’re thinking, ‘What am I gonna do? …I was driving Uber, doing random shit to stay occupied. Luckily, it really helped to have a gym and these guys around here to give me something to do mostly. I did some jiu-jitsu tournaments just trying to stay busy. If you get to sitting around, you start going to places where you just get really sad. There’s no other word for it.”

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