A week ago, Tyler Manawaroa was just another semi-anonymous New Zealander on TUF Nations who’d advanced to the semifinals by beating a tough Canadian. Then someone dug up an extremely racist pic Manawaroa had posted on Instagram almost two years prior, and now he’s found himself in the center of storm that has had him apologizing and the UFC promising that no matter what the outcome of the TUF Nations show, Manawaroa will not be offered a contract and will not have a job with the organization.
No way am I posting the offending pic, which Manawaroa has since taken down. But it was pretty egregious.
Here he is posting an apology on Facebook:
Here’s good ol’ Jeremy Botter of Bleacher Report with the UFC’s official statement:
On Sunday afternoon, I asked the UFC for comment on Manawaroa’s photo. On Monday night, it responded, releasing this official statement to Bleacher Report:
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.
A word of advice to any of you kids considering trying out for a future season of The Ultimate Fighter (or even just applying for a real job): clean up your social media. Otherwise, it will bite you in the ass.