In a tragic piece of news, UFC women’s bantamweight contender, “Alpha” Cat Zingano’s husband, Mauricio, was discovered dead on Monday at the age of 37. Mauricio, who was also Cat’s trainer and BJJ instructor, is said to have committed suicide, according to a statement from family friend and trainer, Jorge Guimarães to Globo.
“Yes, he hanged himself in Denver on Monday. It’s something unexplainable, do not know what may have motivated him to do so. We were together and he was fine, had plans and a lifetime ahead. It’s a tragedy. I’m going to Denver today to assist Cat, who is devastated, does not know what to do.”
Cat was scheduled to challenge for Ronda Rousey’s women’s bantamweight title, until a knee injury pulled her from the fight and a coaching stint on The Ultimate Fighter. It was anticipated that after her recovery, Zingano would challenge the winner of the Rousey vs Sara McMann fight at UFC 170, though with this tragedy, that will more than likely be put on hold.
Maurcio is survived by his wife Cat and their 6-year-old son, Brayden. Heartfelt condolences to them and the entire Zingano family.