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
Watch as Dana White announces the contract winners from Week 2 of Season 2 of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series.
Jun 19, 2018
Donald Cerrone prepares for his welterweight main event matchup against Leon Edwards on Saturday in Singapore.
Jun 19, 2018
Season 2 of Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series kicked off last Tuesday on UFC FIGHT PASS and saw two UFC contracts awarded.
Jun 18, 2018
Preview the welterweight matchup between Dwight Grant and Tyler Hill. Tune in to Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series live on UFC FIGHT PASS on Tuesday, June 19 at 8pm ET.
Jun 18, 2018