Thirty-seven-year-old Mauricio Zingano has passed away. The Brazilian, who moved to Denver in 2004, was the husband of current UFC women’s bantamweight No. 1 contender Cat Zingano.

The MMA Corner confirmed the news directly with the UFC fighter. It was also confirmed by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office, who revealed that Zingano was found in his Westminster, Colo. home on Monday night. According to another report, Zingano’s manager stated that Mauricio took his own life.

Zingano, who owned and operated two locations of Zingano Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in the greater-Denver area, was a third-degree black belt under the Gracies. A native of Rio de Janeiro, he was a two-time national champion before transitioning to the sport of mixed martial arts. Zingano held an undefeated record throughout the course of his 30-fight amateur and professional career, while competing as a lightweight. Following his combat career, Zingano established himself as one of the premier trainers in Colorado, helping vault his wife into UFC title contention.

Zingano BJJ canceled all of its classes on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and an outpouring of support was seen on various social networks as the news was revealed to the Colorado MMA community.

Cat Zingano released the following statement late Tuesday:

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.


Cat Zingano

The MMA Corner will provide more details on the situation as they are made available.

The MMA Corner would like to send its condolences to the entire Zingano family and Colorado MMA community at this difficult time.