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Cat Zingano’s husband Mauricio committed suicide

Cat Zingano husband Mauricio

Mauricio Zingano, the husband and trainer of UFC fighter Cat Zingano, died on Monday after committing suicide.

Brazilian sports site Globo.com quoted Jorge Guimarães, who says Mauricio, 37, hanged himself in Denver.

“Yes, he hanged himself in Denver on Monday,” Guimaraes told Globo.com (via Google translate). “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 Zingano beat Miesha Tate in April and was in line to fight Ronda Rousey, but she underwent knee surgery and was replaced by Tate. Tate instead coached against Rousey in “The Ultimate Fighter” and fought Rousey at UFC 168. Zingano, who is 8-0, has a son with Mauricio. Mauricio was a Jiu-Jitsu black belt and trainer, and ran the Zingano BJJ gym in Colorado.

According to FOX’s Mike Chiappetta, Mauricio was 2-0-1 as a fighter before becoming a teacher. Here was the statement they posted from Cat commenting on her husband’s death:

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 of support.

Sincerely,

Cat Zingano

According to Chiappetta, the two were married for three years.

Photo: Cat Zingano/Facebook

Miesha Tate: Cat Zingano hit me with illegal knee

Miesha Tate Cat Zingano illegal knee

Miesha Tate lost to Cat Zingano by third-round TKO at The Ultimate Fighter Finale 17 on Saturday and complained afterwards that the fight was stopped too early and that she was struck by an illegal knee.

Tate was in control most of the first two rounds of the fight. She repeatedly sought submissions in the second round — either by heel hook or armbar — but was unable to land either one. In the third round, Zingano came out and immediately got a takedown, and then dominated from top position. She nailed Tate with blow after blow to the face and body.

Halfway through the round, after receiving several blows to her face and nose, Tate fought to stand up. Just as she was standing up, Zingano nailed her with a knee that dropped her back to the ground. Tate fought to get back up again, but Zingano crushed her with three straight knees and an elbow to the head that forced the referee to stop the fight.

Tate may have felt the stoppage was too early, but I don’t. She was hardly able to defend herself and she was getting pummeled. I thought it was a good stoppage.

As for the potentially illegal knee, that’s a more legitimate point.

Under the “Fouls” section of the UFC’s rules, it states that you are not allowed to knee the head of a grounded opponent.

One could argue that Tate’s finger tips were touching the canvas at the time she was kneed, which would make the knee illegal. If it was illegal, it was by the slightest margin. I thought the rulings were fine.

To me, the biggest issue for Tate is her strength. She wasn’t strong enough to submit Zingano, and she struggled to get out from under Zingano in the third round.

Tate and Zingano earned Fight of the Night bonuses while Zingano will be a coach opposite Ronda Rousey on the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Zingano will face Rousey in a UFC title match.