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.
Just learned of the incredibly sad news that coach Saul Soliz has passed away. A great man and truly one of the best coaches I’ve worked with. Anyone know what happened? Literally just saw a post but no info. RIP Saul, you made a huge impression on me when you coached me on TUF.— michael (@bisping) August 17, 2021
Truly devastating. Anyone denying the dangers of COVID need to wisen up. This isn’t a game. RIP Saul Soliz. https://t.co/5oMa9YptTY— michael (@bisping) August 17, 2021
What would Coach Saul say if someone was talking shit...— Mike Jackson, Esq. (@TheTruthJackson) August 17, 2021
"Nothing. Cause I wouldn't know. I'd be at home on the couch, watching TV."
One of the greatest men I've ever had the pleasure of calling a friend & coach, was called home today. I love you, coach. Rest easy. pic.twitter.com/igY4NWjjzV
We're very saddened by the tragic news of Saul Soliz's passing. Saul will be remembered fondly as a world-class coach, leader and, more importantly, a world-class man. Sending our sincere condolences to those who had the privilege of knowing Saul. pic.twitter.com/klzvKDGgJE— IridiumSportsAgency (@TeamIridiumISA) August 17, 2021