UFC releases TUF Nations fighter Tyler Manawaroa following racist Instagram post
FEB 11, 2014 12:14p ET
The Ultimate Fighter Nations competitor Tyler Manawaroa won't be joining the UFC regardless of his performance in the remainder of the season currently airing after a racist Instagram post from 2012 surfaced this week.
Manawaroa, 19, is currently competing on the reality show airing on FOX Sports 1 in the U.S., but because the series was already recorded and completed, his results in the competition will still air as scheduled. Following the completion of the show, however, Manawaroa will not be offered a UFC contract no matter how far he goes in the tournament.
Manawaroa posted a racist image on Instagram in 2012 that he later said 'was a joke' before the picture was deleted. The storm of controversy forced the UFC to step in and hand down the punishment, which means Manawaroa's time in the Octagon is done for now.
The UFC released a statement on Tuesday confirming Manawaroa's release:
"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 was one of the top prospects on Team Australia where he just recently won a fight against Canadian Nordine Taleb in one of the most exciting fights of the season.
Under the UFC's code of conduct policy for fighters, Manawaroa violated his contract with the racist post now surfacing and he will have to sit and ponder what could have been following his release from the promotion.