Tuff-n-uff Creator Barry Meyer Honored with WMMA Press Legacy Award

barry meyer 03The WMMA Press committee will from time to time on a deserving basis give out the “Legacy Award” to honor an individual who has helped shape and pioneer women’s MMA.

This year we will give that honor to Barry Meyer (posthumously), who helped run Tuff-n-uff MMA helping develop female amateur mixed martial arts and helped create stars such as Ronda Rousey.

Meyer started the promotion in 1994 but would hold his first amateur MMA event in 2003. He held what would be one of the first all female amateur events in July 2009. Since then, Tuff-n-uff has helped groom Rousey, Marina Shafir, Tonya Evinger, Jessamyn Duke, the Lybarger twins, among others to become stars in MMA.

He also was instrumental in helping Mia Hayes fight for the promotion. Hayes, a cancer patient, wanted to live the dream of being a mma fighter, and Meyer was able to set up a fight under the Tuff-n-uff banner.  Meyer established the “Might Mia” Inspirational Fighter of the Year award, an award the WMMA Press has also adopted.

Meyer passed in 2013 but his legacy still continues with his brother Jeff, who has established tournaments to help develop stars for Invicta.

Barry Meyer touch so many involved in the women’s divisions that he more than deserves to be our Legacy Award winner this year.

You can listen to Jeff Meyer accept the award here.

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3 thoughts on “Tuff-n-uff Creator Barry Meyer Honored with WMMA Press Legacy Award”

  1. Well deserved for a fan, promoter, and mentor in IRL and on the msg boards too. If we could only live 25% of his enthusiam when the sport was still a niche to now mainstream will futher the herstory of the sport scene. A wave of conservatism like in the 50z will only reverse the WMMA scene. Congrats and his legacy continues by those who remember and carry the torch on… 😊

  2. He was a great man. I would do anything to see his smirk again. Our lives are completly changed.Forever and ever missed.

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