After the TUF Nations episode aired last week, all eyes were on Tyler Manawaroa. The 19 year old, who is the youngest competitor ever on TUF, defeated Nordine Taleb by unanimous decision in a decent fight. The win was the first for Team Australia in four fights.
Unfortunately for Tyler, a racially insensitive picture he posted to Instagram before joining the cast of TUF Nations resurfaced after the episode, and instead of his win grabbing headlines, he was at the center of controversy. If you want to see the racist picture, click here.
Today, Manawaroa took to Facebook to apologize for the picture he posted 18 months ago:
I posted a pic on instagram that has offended people..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
Yesterday, fellow TUF castmate and Canadian Welterweight, Kajan Johnson, tweeted the picture to his head coach, Patrick Cote. Cote and other notable MMA fighters did not find the racist picture to be funny, and were disgusted with Manawaroa’s actions. At this point, the UFC has had no official word regarding Manawaroa’s post.