MMA fighter Cat Zinganois marriedto Mauricio Zingano who is a prominent Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt and MMA fighter.
He was born in 1976 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. He and his family moved to the US soon after. It was here, that his brother, Marco, introduced him to Jiu-Jitsu and MMA.
Mauricio soon began training with Marco at Rickson Gracie’s Academy in Santa Monica, California. Mauricio and Marco trained with Rickson Gracie personally, for a year. Afterwords, Mauricio began attending classes formally at the Gracie Academy in California.
An avid learner, Mauricio started to rise quickly, earning his blue belt. Simultaneously, he began learning how to teach Jiu-Jitsu to other people interested in BJJ. It was soon after that Helio Gracie, the patriarch of the Gracie family, took an interest in Mauricio.
Gracie was impressed with Mauricio’s tenacity and hard work. Gracie began to oversee Mauricio’s teaching personally. Mauricio still remains one of the few people in the world who have ever had the privilege of learning from the Master himself.
Over the next few years, Mauricio competed in various Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments and he quickly made his mark. He became known as one of the ‘Gate Keepers’ of Gracie’s Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, fighting in numerous challenge matches.
In 1998, Mauricio won the Gracie National Jiu-Jitsu Championships and was finally awarded the purple belt. In 2001, Mauricio won his brown belt and began focusing on teaching his skills to other Jiu-Jitsu students. He worked and taught alongside Professor Caique, a heavyweight Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu professional from Brazil. Many of his students won various championships all over the world.
Mauricio kept training BJJ and MMA during his teachings and finally received his black belt in 2004. Currently, Mauricio Zingano teaches in this own academy, Zingano BJJ Academy.
He is married to one of the most prominent female mixed martial arts fighter, Cat Zingano, who is currently on an unbeaten winning streak. Cat Zingano (formally Cat Albert) is originally from Colorado. She teaches MMA alongside her husband.
In Colorado, Cat Zingano is the reigning Women’s Ring of Fire MMA Champion. She fights in the women’s 125 pound category and has been on an unbeaten winning streak, heading towards a potential world record in her weight category.
She recently defeated Carina Goncalves in a phenomenal match at the Winter Brawl Show MMA, where she claimed victory in a mere 3 minutes and 37 seconds. Today, Mauricio Zingano and his wife Cat ‘Alpha’ Zingano fight within the federation and promote Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in all mixed martial arts events.
Cat Zingano just signed a 4 fight deal with MMA’s largets promotion, the Ultimate Fighting Championship and will face Meisha Tate on April 13th at UFC 157
The couple has a strong commitment to this sport. Through their actions and teachings, they have shown excellent dedication in the promotion and growth of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu within the state of Colorado as well as other cities in the country. Come try our MMA classes, 30 DAY FREEtrial, call us at 888 827 8688 or visit us on the web at www.zinganobjj.com ,join Mauricio and Cat Zingano at our Broomfield ad Brighton locations.