TUF Nations caster member Tyler Manawaroa made headlines, retroactively, for an Instagram post that received it’s share of harsh criticism for its blatant racism.
TUF nations cast mate Kajan Johnson was the first member of the show to bring the post to light. He sent it to Team Canada coach Patrick Cote as the post went viral among the MMA community.
Questions began to swirl on where this left Manawaroa in terms of his participation on the show and his potential appearance in the finals.
Until now, now word from the UFC was released on the status of Manawaroa, until they sent a statement to Bleacher Report’s Jeremy Botter (which he shared through his official Twitter account, @jeremybotter):
“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.”
The statement quite clearly outlines the UFC’s purpose in barring Manawaroa from entering the promotion despite potentially winning the finals. Not to say that he has reached the finals, the UFC stated that they notified Manawaroa that no matter how far he gets in the show’s tournament, he will not enter the UFC, despite issuing an apology for his post.
The post itself is deplorable and despite his age, profession or upbringing, Manawaroa can not expect to represent the UFC as one of its victors on their long-running series. The fact that this season is also a representation of two countries in particular, doesn’t do him any favors.
The fact that the Australian agency in charge of running background checks (including one on Manawaroa) failed to check his social media counts is obscene seeing it’s transcendence in our modern society.
Manawaroa just had his first fight inside the house aired on FOX Sports 1, defeating Nordine Taleb via decision in the ‘Sudden Victory Round’.
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