TUF Nation’s Tyler Manawaroa Won’t Receive UFC Contract Due to Racist Instagram Post
By FCF Staff
Not long after Tyler Manawaroa’s decision win over Nordine Taleb aired on TUF Nations, the UFC has announced that the fighter is no longer eligible to win a contract with the promotion.
The disciplinary action comes not long after it was revealed that Manawaroa posted a racist image on Instragram in 2012. The offensive post has since been taken down.
According to multiple reports, the UFC has issued the following statement regarding Manawaroa:
The UFC organization had hired an investigation company in Australia to conduct thorough background investigations on potential contestants for ‘The Ultimate Fighter Nations’ television series. Unfortunately, the background checks did not uncover all of the social media history by contestant Tyler Manawaroa. The UFC is committed to having an environment that is free from discrimination. Consequently, UFC has notified Manawaroa that regardless of how far he advances in the completed television series, the organization will not be offering him a contract to compete in the UFC.
Manawaroa has responded to the outcry by stating on Twitter that: “racism isn’t funny I know that. It was just a joke.”
The 19 year-old fighter entered the TUF Nations: Canada vs. Australia competition having gone 10-0 to date.