Barry Meyer, Nevada-based owner of the MMA promotion TUFF-N-UFF, has passed away at the age of 42. Barry struggled with depression for some time, and, compounding the tragedy, passed by his own hand.
"Barry fought valiantly against depression for several years," his brother Jeff told MMAJunkie. "Today, unfortunately, he lost that battle."
Meyer had nearly 20 years in promoting combat sports, and pioneered amateur mixed martial arts in Nevada, with a particular emphasis on Women's MMA.
Under Meyer's leadership, Tuff-N-Uff promoted the first amateur MMA event in the state of Nevada, the first all female MMA event in Nevada, the first combined MMA/Kickboxing card in Nevada, and the first same day MMA tournament in Nevada, among other notable precedents.
Realizing the need for an amateur MMA program where students can hone their skills and demonstrate them in front of a live audience in a safe environment has been a challenging task. After lobbying the Nevada State Athletic Commission, Tuff-N-Uff was granted permission to conduct the first amateur MMA event in the state of Nevada.
Tuff--Uff co-promoted events with Chuck Norris’ World Combat League, Randy Couture’s Xtreme GI Foundation, Shooto, and ADCC. Tuff-N-Uff was featured on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO, CNN:Presents, Bad Girls Club on Oxygen Channel, Inside MMA on AXS TV, and Sports Center on ESPN, among others.
Long time UGer and MMA professional Jason Pagliaro broke the news on the UG.
Rest in Peace Barry Meyer
Member Since: 7/7/06
Barry Meyer was a breath of fresh air. Barry was truly one of the most genuinely decent human beings I've ever met and one of the most honest ones to boot. He allowed me to be part of his show many of times and always made sure my family and I had our experiences in Vegas be more than memorable. Its because of he and his brother Jeff that I got to experience one of my all time favorite memories, interviewing Wanderlei Silva. It was them, before I ever amounted to anything in MMA media, who told me I should continue pursuing my dreams because I was good enough to. These are just my experiences. I can't even begin to express how big of an impact Barry had on the sport of MMA as a whole. Its immeasurable. I lost a great friend. The MMA world lost a timeless classic. The world lost a great man. The lights of Vegas shine a lot dimmer now. Rest in Peace Barry. I wish I could have said this before, but thank you.... for everything. Jeff, please let me know if there's anything I can do. Its the least I can offer.