Tyler Manawaroa will not be fighting for the UFC once his run on The Ultimate Fighter Nations comes to an end.
Manawaroa had a racist picture up on his Instagram page that fellow TUF competitor Kajan Johnson brought to live. Manawaroa eventually deleted the post, but the damage has been done.
According to an official statement by the UFC, the fighter will not be given a contract. He won his first fight and is slated to compete in the semifinal round.
“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 statement read. “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 turned pro in 2011 and entered TUF with a 10-0 record, including nine stoppage victories.