Husband of UFC's Cat Zingano reportedly commits suicide

A promotional shot shows UFC fighter Cat Zingano.

A promotional shot shows UFC fighter Cat Zingano.

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, Last Updated: 3:58 PM ET

The husband of UFC bantamweight fighter Cat Zingano died Monday in Denver.

Multiple reports indicated 37-year-old Mauricio Zingano took his own life. The Jefferson County coroner’s office in Colorado expects to release the cause of death Thursday, according to MMA Junkie.

“Late yesterday evening, I learned that my husband and soul mate of seven years, Mauricio Zingano, has passed away,” Cat Zingano said in a statement to MMA Weekly. “My life has changed irrevocably. I am shocked and deeply saddened. Thankfully, my family and friends are coming together to provide the support I need. I am grateful for them, as I know there are many difficult days ahead.

“I also very much appreciate the outpour of support from the jiu-jitsu and mixed martial arts world. My husband was well known and respected in this close-knit community and I know he would appreciate everyone’s thoughts and prayers, as do I.”

Mauricio Zingano, a native of Rio de Janeiro, held a third-degree black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and was unbeaten as a fighter, going 6-0-1 in amateur and pro bouts. His last fight, though, was in 2003.

Cat Zingano was supposed to coach on TUF 18 opposite Ronda Rousey but tore an ACL in her knee before the reality show began.

Miesha Tate took her place on TUF and wound up losing by submission to Rousey in the meeting between the two coaches.


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