Special Message from Jason Przewonik, owner of KnockoutLounge.com:
KnockoutLounge.com normally deals more with rising stars, namely Amateurs looking to make a name for themselves… But we also take in the MMA community as a whole and look at ANYONE involved whether a green/elite fighter, promotion, or fan as a part of our extended family. When a tragedy occurs within our community, I hope to see our 'family' come together to support one another; which tends to be one of the strongest qualities we see throughout those involved with this sport. Please read Sam Wilson's posting and consider helping out a 'family member' in need. Thank you very much for reading!
On 01-14-2014, a Facebook comment announced that Black Belt Mauricio Zingano has been found dead at his Denver Home.
A check of UFC 135lbs Fighter and wife Cat Zingano's Facebook Page had posted a picture of them together with a comment “I will always love you”. A couple hours later, Zingano’s manager confirmed what the BJJ world was dreading to hear; that Mauricio had passed away.
As the information slowly began to filter through the Facebook and social media, one thing became clear, Cat had lost her husband and their son had lost his dad. With further information and confirmation from the Denver County Coroner’s office, it appeared that Mauricio had taken his own life. Although an autopsy has not been completed, it appeared that he had hanged himself. As I sat there in disbelief, I realized that Cat would not be able to use any life insurance policy due to the suicide and she had not fought in the UFC since 2013 due to an injury of which she was still under doctor’s care.
I immediately put together a sponsorship page on http://www.gofundme.com/68mocc asking for our MMA/BJJ community to help Cat and her son with financial support. Within three days, we are $1,112.00 away from the goal of $10,000.00. Cat and her son will be able to access the account at anytime and will be able to use the monies towards their financial needs. I want to give a shout out to the 6,000 people who shared the site, the 200 plus people who donated and to the MMA/BJJ world for taking care of one of their own.
I cannot imagine what Cat is going through, but I am hopeful that she will know how much this community loves and adores her and that Mauricio will be missed by all.
The link, again is http://www.gofundme.com/68mocc.
We all thank everyone for their support and know that even the minimum donation goes a long way.