UFC: Manawaroa will not get a contract


10-0 TUF Nations middleweight semifinalist Tyler Manawaroa will not be offered a UFC contract regardless of how he does on the show, after socially unacceptable messages were found on one of his social networking sites.

Jeremy Botter, MMA writer for B/R has the official message.

"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," said the UFC rep. "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 responded via Facebook.

"Just a question," he wrote. "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??"

The situation is not a simple one, but to be understood fully, cultural offensiveness has to be seen in context. Manawaroa is dark skinned in a country, Australia, with very few people of African descent. In fact, the largest group of people of African descent in Australia are probably white South Africans.

Maori and aboriginal people in Australia often consider themselves black, and often resonate with black America culture as seen on music, television, and movies. Manawaroa was 17 when he wrote what he did, and has apologized sincerely:

"I posted a pic on instagram that has offended people," wrote Manawaroa. "im very sorry !! As you can imagine that was never the intention. .as a dark skinned person myself who has delt 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…but I will remove it and I apologize for offending you."

The differences between Maori and aboriginal, while keenly understood in New Zealand and Australia, are generally only vaguely recognized in the US, Canada, and Europe. This confusion offer illumination into Manawaroa's likely state of mind at 17 when he wrote what he wrote.

This should not destroy his MMA career. And if you take the UFC out of MMA, there is very little in the way of a career left.

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KING Stannis Baratheon site profile image  

2/14/14 10:57 AM by KING Stannis Baratheon

Lol @ immature insults then signs his name as dumbass haha oh the ironing.

ShawnTheBadger site profile image  

2/13/14 4:49 PM by ShawnTheBadger

Time Traveling is absolutely correct, he has a terrific point. Business 101. Cost/benefit ratio. It's how every single corporation in the world works.  Welcome to reality, it ain't like Time Traveler makes up the rules. Stannis, you apparently believe in some fantasy-land, idyllic world where everyone follows all the same rules all the time with perfect equality.  Ford Jr and the factory line-workers in Detroit follow the same rules.  The CEO and the mail-clerk follow the same rules.  The Owner follows the same rules as his employees.  The Cheif follows the same rules as the beat-patrol rookies. Someone bursts your precious, niave and idealized bubble, and you resort to immature insults. Dumbass.  

Eggy site profile image  

2/13/14 4:11 PM by Eggy

Who cares, dude needed to be fired. No room for racist bullshit in the UFC. Anyone that thinks otherwise, glad UFC doesn't listen to your viewpoint.

KING Stannis Baratheon site profile image  

2/13/14 5:28 AM by KING Stannis Baratheon

Oh I see now.. The champ is allowed to get away with more shit, as is Rampage because they are worth more to the company even though their actions endangered the lives of many. Great point dick sucker.

time traveling 12er site profile image  

2/13/14 1:35 AM by time traveling 12er

A 17 year old posted a racist picture then added a racist comment on top of that.  To date said 17 is of no value to the UFC.  In fact with the racist stigma he is currently of negative value to the company.  Why the fuck would they hire him? JBJ already worked there and was already a champion.  Dana White is the president.  You really don't see how a champion and a president might bet more leeway than a kid that doesn't even work for you?

JeffersonDArcyChoke site profile image  

2/13/14 12:37 AM by JeffersonDArcyChoke

I hope he wins. Dana famously called a woman a cunt and some men faggots. He apologized and it's ok. A 17 year old posted a stupid picture online? Yet gets punished later in life?Jon Jones drove drunk and didn't even get punished. I've been hit by a drunk driver. I'm telling you a guy posting awful things on line hurts a lot less. I disagree with his racist post but see no reason why he cannot move forward under a microscope. Any further infractions; cut him.

Bann site profile image  

2/12/14 10:49 PM by Bann

good get rid of this racist

Chappie site profile image  

2/12/14 8:38 PM by Chappie

Simply another example of Dana making an emotionally charged statement before properly investigating the facts.

KING Stannis Baratheon site profile image  

2/12/14 8:28 PM by KING Stannis Baratheon

All that means is they get picked on by the white motherfuckers yo.

MattyECB site profile image  

2/12/14 8:26 PM by MattyECB

Oh boy