UFC rebukes Tyler Manawaroa post

Updated: February 11, 2014, 11:13 AM ET
By Brett Okamoto | ESPN.com

A racist image that New Zealand middleweight Tyler Manawaroa posted to his Instagram account 18 months ago will prevent him from a potential contract with the UFC.

The UFC stated Monday it has informed Manawaroa, a contestant on the current season of "The Ultimate Fighter: Nations" reality series, that he will not be offered a contract at the conclusion of the show because of the post.

"The UFC is committed to having an environment that is free from discrimination," the statement read.

"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 (10-0) was shown advancing to the semifinals of the pretaped reality series last week. The tournament final is scheduled to take place during the TUF Nations Finale on April 16 in Quebec City.

The UFC has historically offered contracts to several TUF cast members every season, including some who do not progress to finals.

The 18-month-old post, which has since been removed, was widely circulated over the Internet on Sunday. According to the UFC, a background check performed on Manawaroa before the show failed to alert the organization to it.

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