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  • 10-25-2012, 03:31 PM
    Cat--Smasher
    Dana White reflects on Jeff Blatnick's death, talks other hot topics

    UFC president Dana White remembered longtime UFC friend and former commentator Jeff Blatnick Wednesday afternoon when he stopped by ESPN 1100 Radio in Las Vegas to address a few topics for Zuffa's hometown audience.

    "He was a good guy. When we first bought the company back at UFC 30, he was one of the commentators. He was one of the guys who help Bob Meyrowitz (the old owner) really start putting some rules and regulations (into the sport)," White told hosts Steve Cofield and Dave Cokin about the gold medal-winning wrestler, who died at 55 from complications from heart surgery on Wednesday.

    "A very good guy."
    Dana White reflects on Jeff Blatnick's death, talks other hot topics - MMA Fighting
  • 10-25-2012, 09:40 AM
    subman
    When the early UFC's hooked me, and I started trying to find other MMA on tape, it seemed like he was always one of the announcers.

    Great guy, knowledgeable back when most people weren't. Died way too young.
  • 10-25-2012, 06:19 AM
    Fe1
    Hate hearing things like this. This brought me down. R.I.P Jeff.
  • 10-25-2012, 04:05 AM
    disposableassassin
    R.I.P.
  • 10-25-2012, 03:17 AM
    Qball1974
    Loved him from the start, my fav commentator ever! R.I.P
  • 10-25-2012, 03:07 AM
    Fedorlei Gomipierre

    Former UFC commentator, Olympic gold medalist and MMA judge Jeff Blatnick dead....


    Former UFC commentator, Olympic gold medalist and MMA judge Jeff Blatnick dead of complications from surgery By Brent Brookhouse on Oct 24, 3:00p

    Jeff Blatnick, one time UFC commissioner, former Olympic gold medalist and motivational speaker has passed away at the age of 55.

    Jeff Blatnick, best known for winning an Olympic gold medal in 1984 and a long time stint as a commentator in the early days of the UFC, has passed away following complications after having heart surgery.

    Blatnick was a two time Olympian, although he only had one opportunity to take home a medal after Team USA boycotted the 1980 games. In 1984 he took home the gold, defeating Tomas Johansson in the gold medal match. Johansson would later be DQ'ed after testing positive for Methenolone. Making this accomplishment even more impressive is the fact that Jeff had been diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1982, resulting in the removal of his spleen, appendix and going on radiation treatment.

    This was mentioned in a 2008 article after a Blatnick appearance as a motivational speaker:

    After the cancer went into remission, Blatnick began competing again. But his ability had declined, and he lost to opponents he used to handle easily.

    He told the Homer crowd how it motivated _him when he heard a spectator at his match say, "Isn’t it too bad what happened to him when he got cancer."

    Blatnick defeated Tomas Johansson of Sweden in the 1984 Olympics to win the gold medal, and his teammates chose him to carry the American flag during the closing ceremony.

    From 1994 to 2001 Blatnick served as a commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championships. He also had the position of "commissioner" of the promotion starting in 1998 and worked to develop rules to assist in regulating the sport.

    Blatnick has been one of the best judges in the mixed martial arts game at the time of his death and was a long time advocate for the sport and it's widespread legalization and regulation.

    Jeff Blatnick was 55 years old.



    Former UFC commentator, Olympic gold medalist and MMA judge Jeff Blatnick dead of complications from surgery - Bloody Elbow
    Damn, sad news.

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