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
UFC Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Lawrence Epstein spoke at the brand new UFC campus in Las Vegas about the upcoming opening of the venue, which includes a new state-of-the-art UFC Performance Institute.
Jan 19, 2017
UFC 205 opponents Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson faced-off for the first time since their championship fight that resulted in a draw. Also on stage going face-to-face were lightweight interim title contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson.
Feb 19, 2017
UFC Minute host Lisa Foiles previews a jam-packed slate of events approaching at the end of the month, specifically Fight Night Houston on Feb. 4.
Jan 19, 2017
Tickets for UFC 209: Woodley vs Thompson 2 go on-sale Friday, Jan. 20. But with a special code delivered by the UFC Minute, you can get access one day earlier!
Jan 18, 2017