Rest in Peace Barry Meyer


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

From: Gator Choke
MMA Fight Radio/ NBC Radio Phoenix, Cohost/Commentator
Member Since: 7/7/06
Posts: 5813

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.


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time traveling 12er site profile image  

10/17/13 9:58 PM by time traveling 12er

RIP.He was just mentioned in the 168 pre fight scrum. Dana White says it's sad and that Barry was a really good guy.

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10/17/13 9:58 PM by time traveling 12er


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10/17/13 9:22 PM by DreamerMMA

I remember that show Jeff.   Rogan and Bravo really seemed to enjoy themselves.  There were a couple of short clips floating around with some commentary by Rogan a couple of years ago.   Not sure about the full video you mentioned though, I don't believe I saw that one.

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10/17/13 6:45 PM by mmaniac

Sorry to ask but are any of you able to please help me find the video of joe rogan being interviewed on HDNet, where he talks about not being a fan of woman's mma until the meyer brothers invited him to tuffnuff? It was a long interview I think maybe an hour about all kinds of things and it's on youtube somewhere.If any of you remember the interview and can find it, can you please email it to me ASAP? Thanks in advance

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10/17/13 3:42 PM by HITMAN DAN DIAZ

rip buddy.

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10/17/13 2:10 PM by KeithKizer

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, October 18, at King David Memorial Chapel, 2697 E. Eldorado Lane. The family requests that memorial donations be made to the Candlighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada or the Boys and Girls Clubs of Nevada. King David Memorial Chapel made the arrangements. - See more at:

Zac Robinson site profile image  

10/17/13 4:48 AM by Zac Robinson

Very sad news. RIP Barry.

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10/17/13 2:47 AM by mmaniac

Please help share this status that I copied and pasted from Facebook. Anyone that is a fan of MMA or knows the Meyer family can help out. Lets make this the largest memorial ever see details below. From Kevin Hoyt- Hey everyone. We are organizing to deliver cards to the Meyer family. Ron Frazier and his wife Becky Sonnenburg have volunteered to deliver the cards in a basket along with some gifts and donations from the Las Vegas MMA community and the community as a whole. Send gifts and cards to Barry c/o Becky Sonnenberg 617 Brinkburn Point ave, Las Vegas NV 89178. We are also creating a video for Barry and it will be edited and forwarded as a memorial to the Meyer family. If you would like to participate in the video it is a simple process. Use your phone to record a short (30 seconds or less) clip either thanking Barry for some way special that he touched your life or just send encouragement to his family. Send your video to we will add your clip to the overall video and it will likely be played at services for Barry or at a memorial during the next TuffNuff. Please pass on and share this info to everyone who knows the Meyer family.

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10/17/13 12:15 AM by Gator Choke

If there was ever proof of what a great man Barry Meyer was, this is it. The names who have posted here and all of their sincere and genuine posts havs truly set a firm proof of what an awesome human being he was. From my own experiences, my wife said it best when summarizing him.. Barry would give the shirt off his back for you. For those of you who are around the fight game, you know how stressful and tenuous fight day is. I also know enough to know its ten times more stressful on fight day; they have put so much work and effort into that three hour or more show. If you have ever been to a TUFF N UFF show, you also know how much MORE effort into their shows. Yet, inspite that stressful time frame, I never ONCE encountered Barry where he didn't have a smile and kind words to share. He was truly someone who made people want to run through walls for him, he was that good of a person. Barry, the void in the MMA community is already being felt by your loss. You are missed brother. You will forever be.

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10/17/13 12:15 AM by Gator Choke

For the UFC vet he cornered, I'm not 100 percent sure on this, but I'm pretty sure it was Keith Hackney. The Meyer family was pretty good friends with Keith from back when they were still in Chicago.