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Coach Saul Soliz ‘Godfather of Texas MMA’ passes away at 55 due to COVID-19

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The legendary MMA coach of Tito Ortiz, Rampage Jackson and Kevin Randleman died from complications due to COVID-19.

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Saul Soliz (second from right) poses with Adrien Yanez at the UFC APEX last year.
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Veteran MMA coach Saul Soliz passed away today after “a long hard fight” with COVID-19 (per MMA Fighting). He was 55-years-old.

Soliz is best known for coaching pioneering fighters from PRIDE FC and the early UFC. Among those fighters were Tito Ortiz, Quentin ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Mark Coleman, Mark Kerr and Kevin Randleman.

Soliz also coached current Bellator featherweight champion Cris Cyborg and was also a member of Tito Ortiz’s coaching team for two seasons of The Ultimate Fighter.

At the time of his death Soliz, who was known as ‘The Godfather of Texas MMA’, was coaching out of Metro Fight Club in Houston. At that gym Soliz was training Adrian Yanez, who is 4-0 in the UFC after earning a contract on the Contender Series in 2020, and Mana Martinez, who was scheduled to make his UFC debut this Saturday before withdrawing for undisclosed reasons.

After news of Soliz’s passing broke there was an outpouring of messages on social media from fighters who knew him well. Below are just some of those posts.