UFC honors Niskayuna’s Jeff Blatnick

This Aug. 3, 1984 file photo shows Greco-Roman wrestling gold medalist Jeff Blatnick gesturing during ceremonies at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)This Aug. 3, 1984 file photo shows Greco-Roman wrestling gold medalist Jeff Blatnick gesturing during ceremonies at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. (Associated Press)

LAS VEGAS — Jeff Blatnick, a legendary wrestler from Niskayuna, was posthumously inducted July 11 into the UFC Hall of Fame in the Contributor category.

Blatnick won a 1984 Olympic gold medal in wrestling, won a state championship while at Niskayuna High School, and was a collegiate national champion at Springfield College.

He served as a commentator and commissioner for the UFC during the 1990s and early 2000s.

In a release, UFC President Dana White said: “Jeff Blatnick is a name that newer fans may not be familiar with, but this guy was a huge part of the UFC’s development in the 1990s. He pushed for greater regulation, unified rules and — because he was an Olympic gold medalist in wrestling — he had credibility with everyone in the sport. It is our honor to recognize his huge contributions to the UFC by inducting him into the UFC Hall of Fame.”

Blatnick died in 2012.

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Rebecca Isenhart
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