The Las Vegas-based Tuff-N-Uff organization this month will conduct its first event since the passing of founder Barry Meyer, and the promotion is set to honor his memory with a special memorial ceremony.
MMAjunkie. today learned from promotion officials that Meyer will be named chairman emeritus at the Nov. 29 event at Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena, and a special tribute observance is also planned.
“The past month has been a difficult time for the Tuff-N-Uff family,” Tuff-N-Uff exec and Barry’s brother Jeff Meyer stated. “But I’m proud to help carry on the legacy my brother and I started. We’ll start by honoring Barry and naming him chairman emeritus of our promotion, and then we’ll carry on by doing exactly what he would have wanted us to do, and that is to enjoy a great night of mixed martial arts, the sport he truly loved.”
Barry Meyer was a lifelong practitioner of traditional martial arts and a black belt in tae kwon do who promoted martial arts competitions for nearly 20 years. He was inducted into the Masters Hall of Fame in 2010.
Meyer and his brother founded Tuff-N-Uff, which has promoted amateur fights in Las Vegas since 2003 and has recently seen the likes of UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Ryan Couture compete in its cage. MMA notables Jessamyn Duke, Ashlee Evans-Smith, Tonya Evinger, Jon Fitch, Jesse Forbes, Chris Holdsworth, Brad Imes, Jimmy Jones, Jesse Taylor and Nick Thompson were among countless others who also competed under the Tuff-N-Uff banner. Meyer also previously served as co-promoter for Chuck Norris’ World Combat League and BodogFIGHT, as well as an Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship North American Qualifier.
In October, Meyer succumbed to a years-long battle with depression and ultimately took his own life. He was 42 years old.
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