The mixed martial arts community is in mourning after losing one of its prominent members.
Tuff-N-UFF President Barry Meyer passed away at the age of 42. According to MMAJunkie.com, Meyer’s brother, Tuff-N-Uff Vice President Jeff Meyer confirmed that Barry Meyer succumbed to long battle with depression and took his own life.
As the president of Tuff-N-Uff, Barry helped several fighters achieve their dreams of competing in mixed martial arts, including: UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, CFA Featherweight tournament champion Ashlee Evans-Smith and “TUF: 18″ contestant Chris Holdsworth.
Prior to founding Tuff-N-Uff, Barry was a co-promoter for BodogFIGHT and Chuck Norris’ World Combat League.
He was also a lifelong practitioner in martial arts with a black belt in Taekwondo and an Abu Dhabi Combat Club Submission Wrestling World Championship North American Qualifier.
Now I’m going to stand on my soapbox for a moment.
For anyone who thinks they are alone in suffering from depression, they are not. Let me repeat that. You are not alone.
Depression affects everyone, whether they are a fighter, a coach, a promoter or a fan. Many people, including myself, struggle with it to this day.
That said, suicide is a permanent problem to a something that is temporary and by taking your life, you are not only affecting yourself, but also you are affecting people around you. I urge anyone who has suicidal tendencies to seek help from friends or family members. For anyone who does not have friends or family, they can call 1-800-273-TALK and you will be connected with a trained counselor at a crisis center in your area who will talk to you.
If you know someone who you think is suffering from depression, try and reach out to them. They may not come you first.
Prayers and condolences go out to Barry, his friends and his family.