Cat Zingano's husband dead following apparent suicide

Mauricio Zingano, far left, died on Monday from an apparent suicide. - Photo by Esther Lin for MMA Fighting

Maurcio Zingano, husband and father, passes away at age 37.

Sorry fight fans, as this is one of those posts I don't want to have to share with you.

Cat Zingano's husband, Mauricio Zingano, died this past Monday (Jan. 13, 2014) from an apparent suicide in Denver, Colorado, according to a report from Globo, who was able to obtain a first-hand report from friend and trainer Jorge Guimarães.

"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."

FOX Sports was able to confirm Zingano's passing with the Jefferson County coroner.

Cat was expected to compete for the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight championship last month in Las Vegas, Nevada; however, a knee injury forced her to withdraw from her title fight, as well as her role as coach on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 18.

She was replaced by fellow 135-pound contender Miesha Tate.

"Alpha" was scheduled to return to the Octagon in late spring following clearance from her orthopedic doctor, and even had first dibs on the winner of Ronda Rousey vs. Sara McMann, though it's likely those plans will be put on hold following this unfortunate incident.

A sad day for the Zingano family and the entire mixed martial arts (MMA) community.

We will have more details on this still-developing story as they become available.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.


You must be a member of to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.