Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Mixed martial artist Dakota Cochran, who will be competing on FX’s The Ultimate Fighter Live, has been identified as a gay porn performer. Cochran also moonlights as “Danny” for gay porn paysite SeanCody.com.
The MMA blogosphere has lit up and been buzzing about Cochran since the news initially broke last summer, but picked up steam with the reality show’s upcoming premiere.
“Danny” has appeared on SeanCody.com since 2008 in both solo scenes and in hardcore scenes with male performers.
According to UFC President Dana White the organization would be accepting of a homosexual fighter.
“I’ll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out,” White said. “I could care less if there’s a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there’s probably more than one. I mean, it’s 2012. Give me a break.”
The Ultimate Fighter Live is an MMA reality show that premieres March 9, and is a quest to find the UFC’s next star. Cochran is one of 32 contestants. He earned a spot on the show after defeating World Extreme Cagefighting champ Jamie Varner at last year's Titan Fighting Championship 20. The 25-year-old Nebraska native holds an 11-2 pro MMA record.
Dakota Cochran says about his porn past "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."
"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."
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