Winning isn’t everything when you’re “The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia” contestant Tyler Manawaroa.
Despite owning a perfect 10-0 professional record and beating Team Canada’s Nordine Taleb in the quarterfinals of the international TUF tournament, Manawaroa’s services will not be retained by the UFC, regardless of how well he does the rest of the way in the tourney, for a racist picture he published on his Instagram account prior to joining the show.
The image depicts an African (-American) baby sitting inside of a grocery cart with the words, “Get used to lookin’ thru them bars little ni**a.”
The UFC released a statement to Bleacher Reports’s Jeremy Botter regarding the controversy:
“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 has since apologized for the Instagram post. The 19-year-old took to his Facebook account Monday night seeking advice on how to handle the situation:
“Just a question. . Every one in their life has made a bad decision that has offended someone ..if you have apologized and have no intention of ever repeating that bad decision ..and your apology has been rejected. ..what do you do??”
(Pictured: UFC president Dana White)