Texas MMA Pioneer And Longtime Coach Saul Soliz Passes Away At 55

The MMA world has suffered a great loss as longtime coach and a pioneer of the mixed martial arts scene in Texas, Saul Soliz, has tragically passed away at the age of 55.

One of Soliz's close friends John Gomez confirmed the unfortunate news in a post to Facebook, saying the cause of death was due to COVID-19. Soliz was the head coach of Houston-based gym Metro Fight Club and has trained a plethora of fighters such as UFC Hall of Famers Tito Ortiz, Kevin Randleman, and Mark Coleman as well as current Bellator women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg, former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, former UFC heavyweight champion Ricco Rodriguez, Yves Edwards, Mark Kerr, Matt Hamill, Melvin Guillard, Carlo Prater, and Pete Spratt. He also appeared on two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter as an assistant coach on Team Ortiz and was currently the head coach of rising UFC bantamweight prospects Adrian Yanez and Mana Martinez, as well as Fury FC prospects Kolton Englund, Justice Torres, and Michael Aswell.

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The following tributes have come out for Soliz from his fighters, friends, and peers. Our condolences go out to Soliz's family and friends during this time.

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