Longtime MMA coach Saul Soliz dead at 55

Saul Soliz, who has coached the likes of Tito Ortiz, Cris Cyborg, and many other notable names in the world of mixed martial arts, has died.

Sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday following multiple posts on social media. Soliz was 55 years old.

According to a social media post from longtime friend John Gomez, Soliz passed away on Tuesday after “a long hard fight” with COVID-19.

Most recently, Soliz — who was part of the Team Ortiz coaching staff on two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter — was the head coach of Metro Fight Club in Houston, which has developed the likes of surging UFC bantamweight prospect Adrian Yanez, as well as Mana Martinez, who was scheduled to make his promotional debut this Saturday at UFC Vegas 34 before he was forced to withdraw for undisclosed reasons.

Soliz coached a slew of former UFC and PRIDE world champions throughout his nearly two decades of combat sports instruction, which includes Ortiz, Cyborg, Quinton Jackson, and Mark Coleman, along with other legends and pioneers such as Mark Kerr and Kevin Randleman.

Following the news of his passing, the MMA community showed an outpouring of tribute towards Soliz and what he has done throughout his incredible coaching career.