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Amanda Buckner is a goddamn liar

The biggest response to yesterday’s quick links was the story about Amanda Buckner being rejected by EliteXC on account of how she looks. Since last night, the quote she gave regarding the situation was taken out of the interview she gave, and the whole story has been pulled down by several sites ‘by request of Showtime’.

Of course, we’re not about to bend over and remove info just because some company doesn’t want you to see it. Here’s the quote from Buckner which caused so much controversy:

BH: It seems like Bodog and Showtime are the places to be if you are a female fighter, any chance we will see you on a Showtime card soon?

AB: We’ve heard from Showtime that, even though they think I’m a great fighter, they will not be using me unless I change my appearance and personality. This is obviously so insane and ludicrous that I can’t really think of much else to say about it. Until the quality of the fighters is the single most important factor in matching their fights, Showtimes womens division will be a joke (this is not a slam on their current fighters, as I think most of them are great).

The author of the interview, Bruce Hoyer, put out the following on the OTM forums to explain why he removed that quote from the interview:

So i just wanted to send a quick comment about this whole thing. I got a call from showtime’s PR office for writing this and they asked that I pull the article. Because they state that the comments are simply not true and no one from showtime has spoken to amanda. Again this is showtimes statement not mine.

Anyways I called Gumby [who runs OTM, where the interview was hosted] and asked him to pull the portion about showtime until showtime can issue a statement about the “allegations”. I understand that I made an error in that I did not contact Showtime and ask them to verify the comments, sorry for that. I also just wanted to comment that it was my desicion to pull a portion of the article not Gumby’s or anyone at On The Mat.

Gumby suggested that we leave it up there and wait for Showtime to issue a statement, I would agree but I have to protect my fighters interests and don’t want to harm their earning potential because of something I did.

So at the moment I’m trying to find out more details for you guys. Was it Showtime that contacted them or was it EliteXC? Is it just semantics regarding which group told Amanda to pretty herself up a bit, or are they saying that no one associated with anyone from the fight organization ever said (or implied) anything like that?

Of course, I’m not too hot on the idea of companies telling websites to take down information, especially when it’s involving something negative said about them. If someone wants to issue a statement to clarify the situation, and asks that their statement get tacked onto the accusations, then that’s cool. But past that I find the whole thing rather shady.

But who knows? Perhaps EliteXC has never even talked to Amanda Buckner and she’s just drawing conclusions from that fact. I’m willing to leave this whole case open to interpretation till I know a bit more.

  • dignan

    They should change her name to Adrienne Adonis as well…or make a softcore movie about it:

    Emanuelle in MMA.

  • fightfan

    That dude looks pretty tough.

  • Accomando

    I’m sure she “heard rumors” about the fact that, since she looks like a complete man-dyke, EliteXC uses it as an excuse for not speaking to her.

  • Dana White

    Hi, this is Dana White. Please remove all negative articles about the UFC or I’ll sue you for libel and defamation.

  • intenso

    ^^^not enough f words to be the real Dana.

  • Trol

    That is crazy that they took that down off the websites! It was a direct quote of Amanda’s and does not need any verification except from Amanda herself. Screw the half ass sites that kiss promoters/organizations collective asses. Fightlinker rocks for keeping it up and not giving in to corporate asshats.

  • jeff aka whaledog

    A decent news site would keep the quote up, regardless whether it offends Showtime. Besides all the legit journalistic concerns, the quote generates traffic.

    And, why is Bruce Hoyer referring to “my fighters interests”? Is he her manager or something.

    Very strange, indeed.

  • fightlinker

    I did a bit of digging and googling, but could only find the guy’s grappling info. No word on him being a fight agent but from the quote it seems like he must have some fighters or at least people connected to him that he doesn’t want to see harmed by going against showtime’s wishes.

    Biggest question: if it’s Showtime or EliteXC doing this.

  • Big D D

    You should change that “is a liar” to “may be a liar”
    Unless Showtime steps up, she “could be” telling the truth…Innocent until proven guilty…but that may not be true in Canada. (or America-Damn it)

  • Lifer

    1. horrible dana white impersonation

    2. the term you’re all looking for is ‘stone butch’.

  • fightlinker

    Oh I figured we’d go for the controversial title followed by the more factual information. It’s kinda our thang.

  • Fightlinker Jackal

    You’re the paparazzi of MMA :P

  • fightfan

    Photo actually looks like Sean Sherk on hormones.

  • RoB

    I’d hit that…………………………………….with a baseball bat

  • Xavier

    Another example of how fucking weak-sauce the MMA blogging community is. Pathetic.

  • pauli

    i don’t know, i think “bruce hoyer is a piss poor excuse for a journalist” accomplishes the same shock value, while putting the criticism where it belongs.

    seriously, redacting a fucking interview at the request of a third party? what the fuck?

  • Jeremy (not that Jeremy)

    It’s her quote, it’s not attributed to Showtime, and people’s quotes are not subject to a presumption of factualness.

    They represent the opinion of the person who is quoted.

    I think this is ridiculous and journalistically suspect.

  • Hywel Teague

    Thats dude is a bitch to remove the quote on the say-so of Showtime. He should tell them to take it up with Amanda. Fuck kowtowing to PR people.