Article

Jeff Blatnick 1957-2012

The UFC sends its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of former commentator and judge Jeff Blatnick, who passed away Wednesday after complications following heart surgery. He was 55.

A 1984 Olympic Gold medal winner in Greco-Roman wrestling AFTER battling cancer, Blatnick was a pioneering force in mixed martial arts who introduced countless people to the sport as a UFC commentator from UFC 4 through 32. Blatnick also worked closely with athletic commissions regarding the sport he loved, and he would later serve as an MMA judge, even working several UFC events. His presence around the Octagon and in the sport will be sorely missed.

Blatnick is survived by a wife and two children.

Media

Recent
MMA VIDEO: Check out a sneak peak of what to expect during this season of The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America. The all-new season premieres next Tuesday on UFC FIGHT PASS.
18/08/2014
UFC president Dana White and women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey answer questions from fans in Macao.
20/08/2014
Stars from Fight Night Macao talk to the media before the big event this Saturday. Hear from headliners Michael Bisping and Cung Le, plus, co-main event fighters Tyron Woodley and Dong Hyun Kim.
20/08/2014
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles runs down all the need-to-know news from yesterday and what to look forward to today.
20/08/2014