Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Mauricio Zingano, coach and husband to UFC fighter Cat Zingano, has died at the age of 37.
Zingano was pronounced dead in his Colorado home Monday at 8:31 p.m., Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Dan Pruett told Sherdog.com on Tuesday. A cause of death is still pending, according to Pruett. Fox Sports initially reported the news.
Cat Zingano released the following statement Tuesday afternoon through her manager, Ed Soares:
“Late yesterday evening I learned that my husband and soul mate of seven years, Mauricio Zingano, has passed away.
“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.
“At this time, I respectfully ask everyone to give me privacy as I gather with relatives and friends. Again, I give thanks to all for the kind words and support.”
The owner and head coach of two Zingano BJJ gym locations in Colorado, Zingano competed three times as a professional mixed martial artist, making his pro debut with a submission victory in 1999. The lightweight posted a draw the following year and did not fight again until 2003, when he outpointed Brandon Savcedo in his final professional appearance.