Jeff Blatnick Dies

Posted by: VDJ

Jeff Blatnick Dies - 10/24/12 05:32 PM

A sad day a local champion who made it big in wrestling died yesterday. Jeff Blatnick a Greco Roman Gold medalist in the 1984 olympics as well as a pioneer with the UFC passed away from heart failure while under going surgery. He was 55 years old and was a the wrestling coach at one of the local high schools where his son was on the team. He was always very humble and never forgot where he came from even with all of his success. Gods speed to his family and may he Rest In Peace!

VDJ
Posted by: Dobbersky

Re: Jeff Blatnick Dies - 10/25/12 06:33 AM

Amen, my God take care of him in the great cage in the sky, OSU
Posted by: SAMBHAV

Re: Jeff Blatnick Dies - 12/24/15 05:17 AM

hello friends,
Jeffrey Carl "Jeff" Blatnick (July 26, 1957 October 24, 2012) was an American super heavyweight Greco-Roman wrestler and sports commentator. He won NCAA Division II heavyweight wrestling championships in 1978 and 1979 and won the Olympic gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 after battling back from cancer.

As a commentator, Blatnick worked UFC 4 through UFC 32 for the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He also served as the UFC commissioner and was instrumental in helping the UFC get regulated by the athletic commissions, which kept the sport of mixed martial arts alive during its Dark Ages.[2][3] Blatnick is among the people credited with giving the sport of mixed martial arts its name.