LONGTIME mixed martial arts coach Saul Soliz passed away at age 55 after a long battle with Covid-19, according to friends.
Soliz, who coached fighters like Tito Ortiz and Cris Cyborg and appeared on The Ultimate Fighter, passed away on Tuesday, according to MMA Fighting.
Friend John Gomez said that Soliz passed away after “a long hard fight” with Covid-19 in a social media post.
Recently, Soliz was the head coach of Metro Fight Club in Houston.
He coached a number of former UFC and PRIDE world champions throughout a nearly two-decade-long career.
After news of his passing broke, the MMA community took to social media to mourn the legendary coach.
“Thank you for everything,” Andrian Yanez wrote. “A coach, mentor, and not just a friend.. but my family.
“I could say more, but all I can really say is I love you Coach.”
Tito Ortiz also took to Instagram to mourn the loss of his coach.
“This morning around 2am we lost a father, a brother, a coach, and one great amazing human being!” he wrote.
“I’m lost words … I love you SAUL SOLIZ.”
Mixed Martial Arts Organization, Fury Fighting, called Soliz the “godfather of Houston MMA” in their tribute.
“RIP to the Godfather of Houston MMA. Your legacy will live on in us all,” the post said.
“Thank you for all the wisdom you gave us.”