Undefeated middleweight Tyler Manawaroa, currently a contestant on this season’s The Ultimate Fighter Nations: Canada vs. Australia, has been receiving some flak regarding a racial image that he had uploaded to his personal Instagram account months prior to him being cast on the show.
The 19 year old New Zealand fighter, who is currently representing team Australia on the popular reality show, took to his Facebook to announce a formal apology saying:
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.
The offensive image has in fact been removed from the account, but the damage has been done. The image, posted 18 months ago, reemerged thanks to another contestant on TUF, Canadian combatant Kajan Johnson, who posted a screenshot of the photo on his Twitter. This sparked a load of controversy, along with team Canada’s coach Patrick Cote being quoted calling Manawaroa “a loser”.
Manawaroa is a promising, undefeated, young fighter who has most recently given team Australia their first victory on the reality show by defeating Canada’s Nordine Taleb in a three round war. Manawaroa won the bout by unanimous decision last Wednesday on the Fox Sports 1 program.
The young Aussie hopes to bounce back after such a controversial happening. However, it can be sure that Manawaroa will now have another thing on his mind as he attempts to stay focused on his goal to become the next “Ultimate Fighter”.
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