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MMA Executive Barry Meyer Loses Battle With Depression

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The MMA community suffered a great loss on Tuesday, with the sudden death of Tuff-N-Uff President Barry Meyers.

For those who did not know him, Meyers was a hedge fund trader who left that business to pursue his love and passion of mixed martial arts.  According to Tuff-N-Uff’s website, Meyers’ company was founded in 1994 to help promote combat sports.   While he was an important figure who promoted amateur MMA, and hosted some of the first all women’s MMA event in Nevada, it is disheartening to learn that he too had a fight of his own that he just could not win.

Definitely a man who was ahead of the curve by accepting WMMA as a viable source of talent and entertainment, during his tenure at Yuff-N-Uff he once stated, “We are kicking off a historic weekend in MMA with an exciting match-up of some of the nation’s top female mixed martial artists.” and “We have a line up of featured fighters who not only pack a punch but have colorful lives outside the ring proving how diverse a sport MMA has become.”

Some of the best female fighters have fought under Tuff-N-Uff, including UFC champ Ronda Rousey. The Las Vegas-based MMA organization is also known for their collaborations with charities.  They already plan to kick off Round 4: Knock Out Cancer for Candlelighters Kids which is an annual MMA event that benefits Candleligthers Childhood Cancer Foundation of Nevada this month.  According to Facebook Cancer Nation Radio Show will be paying their respect to Meyers for helping those who battled cancer.

Meyer’s brother, Tuff-N-Uff Vice President Jeff Meyer, confirmed the news via Facebook and relayed to MMAJunkie.com that Meyer took his own life Tuesday October 15th after struggling with depression for several years.  While often an intangible opponent, depression is an extremely challenging and sometimes dangerous foe.  Those of you curious to learn more about clinical depression can read one of our earlier articles on it’s role in PTSD here.

According to Meyers’ Facebook page, memorial services will be held on Tomorrow 2 p.m. at the King David Memorial Chapel and Cemetery, 2967 e. Eldorado Lane Las Vegas Navada.

On a related and important note.  At SciFighting we take mental health very seriously, if you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

We will be taking a moment out of our day to reflect on the life of a man who valued fighters, promoted the evolution of MMA and who will be greatly missed.

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Autumn Ziemba
Autumn’s interest in Martial Arts began in her early teens through her father and brother. They trained together for several years. During those years she was also active in Sports. Autumn took a break from Martial Arts and athletics to pursue her education. She completed her Undergraduate Degree at Oneonta State College in Sociology with a concentration in Pre-professional Human Services. She then studied Social Sciences at Binghamton University receiving her Masters in Social Science in 2009. Her passion lies in Gender equality for sports and facets of Mixed Martial Arts. She currently works as a Criminal Justice Professional. Writing is a passion of hers and she enjoys engaging with people of various backgrounds to gain an understanding of different perspectives in the world of MMA.