Tyler Manawaroa Won't Get A UFC Contract After Racist Instagram Post
Posted by Joseph Lee on 02.11.2014
He's done with the UFC...
MMA Junkie reports that it doesn't matter how Tyler Manawaroa does on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia on FOX Sports 1, he won't get a UFC contract. This was after welterweight Kajan Johnson pointed out a racist Instagram post by Manawaroa from 2012. The post has since been deleted but you can see it here (caution: not safe for work).
Manawaroa is part of the Team Australian team led by coach Kyle Noke. He advanced to the semifinals with a decision win over Nordine Taleb. Even if he keeps winning the exhibition fights in the pre-taped eight-man tournament, the UFC will not give him a contact.
The UFC said in a statement: "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 then posted on Twitter yesterday saying that "racism isn't funny" and the post was "a joke."
He turned pro in 2011 as a 16-year-old and was a top prospect of the show. He was born in New Zealand by lives in Australia. He joined the show with a 10-0 record and nine stoppages. He advanced to the semifinals on the February 5 episode. The series will finish wth a live final on April 16. The tournament finals count as official UFC fights and air live on FOX Sports 1, so it's unlikely Manawaroa would even be allowed to compete if he makes it to the finals.