Ultimate Fighting Hopeful Denied Contract Over Racist Instagram Post
An Ultimate Fighting Championship hopeful has been officially banned from the organization before ever winning a contract due to his outrageously racist Instagram post. Aussie teenager Tyler Manawaroa is currently competing on The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs Australia, which historically offers a contract to the winner and several contestants who go far in the competition. He is undefeated and currently in the semifinals, but UFC said his racist post from 18 months ago means there is no chance he will join them.
The racist photo shows a black child sitting in a shopping cart with the caption: “Get used to looking thru them bars little ni**a.” He then hashtagged the post by writing “Damn ni**ers #ni**a #jail #blackbaby #baby.” The post has since recirculated due to his success in the competition and outraged his former fans. “You might be the first TUF winner to receive his contract AND his walking papers at the same time,” wrote one Instagram follower.
The UFC denied prior knowledge of the post. In a statement, they said they are “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.”
19-year-old Manawaroa has since released a defensive apology for his Instagram photo. “As a dark skinned person myself who has dealt with racism all my life, I was making fun of the stereotype that all dark people go to jail…which is obviously not true….hence the irony,” he wrote. “But I will remove it and I apologize for offending you.”