No UFC Contract for ‘TUF Nations’ Fighter Manawaroa Due to Racist Instagram Post
By: Mike Whitman Feb 11, 2014
The Ultimate Fighting Championship will not offer Australian
Manawaroa a UFC contract, regardless of how far the 19-year-old
progresses on “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Team Canada vs. Team
UFC officials Monday announced the decision, which was made after
the organization discovered a racist Instagram post made by
Manawaroa 18 months ago.
“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,” the UFC statement read. “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.”
The post has since been deleted, though
MMAJunkie.com has a screenshot.
Manawaroa asserted Monday that the post was intended to be taken as
a joke after cast mate Kajan Johnson
confronted him on Twitter. Regardless, Manawaroa’s actions have
effectively ended his UFC career before it began.
A 10-fight pro, Manawaroa has never tasted defeat in the cage,
racking up nine finishes over more than two years of competition.
“Wild Thing” joined the cast of “TUF Nations” last year and
competed during the show’s most recent episode, defeating Team
Taleb to advance to the middleweight semifinals.