If you had the volume turned down to avoid the conjecture of Rogan and Goldberg last Saturday night, than you missed their mentioning of Jeff Blatnick. For those new to the UFC the name probably did not ring a bell, but the man was a UFC commentator for 7 years – from UFC 4 to UFC 32. Blatnick is also widely credited with coining the term “Mixed Martial Arts” and helping develop the initial unified rules.
Before ever seeing an MMA bout, Blatnick was already a legend in the wrestling world. He qualified for the 1980 Olympic games, but didn’t get a shot at gold due to the United States’ boycott. Prior to the 1984 games Blatnick had his spleen and appendix removed due to lymphoma.