UFC releases TUF Nations fighter Tyler Manawaroa following racist Instagram post
A racist image posted by the TUF Nations fighter surfaced this week causing the UFC to act quickly by releasing the Australian from the promotion regardless of how he performs during the remainder of the reality series on TV.
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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."