Olympic wrestling gold medalist and longtime MMA advocate Jeff Blatnick has died after complications from heart surgery.
Blatnick took home the gold in Greco-Roman wrestling in 1984 and was also a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic team, which remained home after President Carter announced a boycott of the Summer Olympics in Moscow because of the Soviet Union's invasion of Afghanistan.
Blatnick was a commentator in the early days of UFC before being replaced after UFC 32 in June 2001.
Blatnick, who helped develop some of the rules of MMA still used today, became a licensed judge with the New Jersey State Athletic Commission.
At the time of his death, Blatnick was a varsity wrestling coach at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake High in Glen Falls, N.Y.