Brazilian martial artist Mauricio Zingano is dead at the age of 37. The former MMA fighter had a number of condolences go out to him on Jan. 14 on Facebook even though he said he was leaving the social networking site at the end of last year.
The Colorado-based athlete who was married to the UFC contender Cat Zingano may have hung himself. That's the call that came on Tuesday from MMA manager Jorge Guimaraes via Globo, a Brazilian publication.
However, the details of what happened to Mauricio Zingano are sketchy as of this writing. Although his death was confirmed by the Jefferson County coroner, additional information has not been made available.
Zingano, who was a third-degree black belt in Brazilian jim-jitsu, owned two gyms that acted as training facilities. Prior to opening these venues, he fought three times on a professional level. This happened between 1999 to 2003 when Mauricio took two wins and a draw.
His wife of three years, Cat Zingano, was trained by Mauricio. The UFC contender won eight consecutive fights, becoming number one in her spot following her Miesha Tate knockout that took place in the ring last spring.
Meanwhile, Mauricio Zingano is fondly remembered by his friends and colleagues while condolences go out to his family.
RIP Mauricio Zingano, RIP.