Ultimate Fighter Contestant Dakota Cochrane Discusses Gay Porn Past, Says UFC Fully Aware Of History

via www.cagedinsider.com

Yesterday we touched on the history of Dakota Cochrane, a contestant on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter. Cochrane had participated in gay pornography in his younger days and as more sites picked up the story, it became clear that the situation was going to have to be addressed by Dakota and the UFC.

MMA Fighting caught up with him and got clarification on a few points. First of all, he touches on the decision he made in his younger days:

"It's definitely a decision I regret," he told MMA Fighting. "If I would have known what would happen I definitely wouldn't have done it. But I had money issues and I needed help. I went there to do pictures, and they started throwing pretty high numbers in front of me. I didn't really think. It was a big mistake."

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The 25-year-old Cochrane, who is not gay, says he earned around $80,000 overall from taping the videos, which he made while a college student at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where he was an all-league track athlete as a pole vaulter and 4x100 meter relay runner...Finally, when he admitted to his girlfriend Lacey Sechtem what he was doing, she asked him to stop, and the short-lived career was over.

More after the jump...

Cochrane also made it clear that the UFC was made fully aware of the situation on his Ultimate Fighter audition tape:

But no matter the size of the mistake, it was one he made no effort to escape on the eve of his biggest opportunity. On his audition tape for TUF, he included an introduction that mentioned all about his past. Everything.

"I think it's a little bit courageous for both of us," he said of the UFC's decision to include him on the show. "I could just hide in a hole and no one would know except for the people close to me. And to them, I was up front. I let them know right away so it wasn't anything that could come back and bite them in the butt. I think maybe they respected that a little bit. I think some people judge against it, some people will be OK with it. Some people will want me to get my butt kicked, and hopefully others will respect what I'm trying to do."

Cochrane is a legit fighter, one with a very good shot at winning this season of TUF. While I don't think that his having done gay porn is, in itself, a huge story. I do think we're going to learn a lot about the UFC as an organization if he is kept around after the season.

It is almost a certainty that a future opponent attempt to use this against him during the build up to a fight. How the UFC responds to a fighter taking shots at him for "being a fag" (even though he isn't gay) or something along those lines is going to be very interesting.

The different possibilities where we're going to see the maturity of the organization is what makes this a truly compelling situation.

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