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'Ultimate Fighter' Contestant Says 'Gay for Pay' Past was Mistake

Ultimate Fighting Championship has come under fire in recent months for its homophobic past, with LGBT groups calling on Anheuser Busch to drop its sponsorship of UFC over the organization's failure to address homophobic behavior by its leaders and athletes. Which may be why Dakota Cochrane, a former Sean Cody actor who has reportedly been in more than 16 gay adult films and is now a contestant in the reality series The Ultimate Fighter, is getting attention. Cochrane, who performed under the name "Danny" for Sean Cody, says he is straight.

CochraneMMA Fighting reports:

"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."

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."

Said UFC Dana White last October: "I'll tell you right now, if there was a gay fighter in UFC, I wish he would come out. I could care less if there's a gay fighter in the UFC. There probably is and there's probably more than one."

Yahoo! Sports asks: "What will be the reaction from fans, hardcore and casual one this blows up on the blogosphere? The 25-year-old Cochrane is 10-2 in MMA and posted a win over former WEC lightweight champ Jamie Varner in September."

Dakota Cochrane Discusses Controversial Past as He Prepares to Chase UFC Dream [mma fighting]

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  1. I have a lot of porn with him in it.

    Posted by: A_gay_guy | Feb 29, 2012 12:12:22 PM

  2. Sorry, I find it hard to believe a 'straight' dude would do the stuff he did just because he needed the $, unless he had/has a serious drug problem...or he's really gay or bisexual.

    Otherwise, I of course don't care. He does have balls to do what he's doing.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Feb 29, 2012 12:24:35 PM

  3. 16 movies are "a decision"? I'll have to remember that.

    "Yes, officer, I killed that guy. And the 15 others. Over many months. Well, years. But it was just a bad decision."

    Not that I care. But I would like for spokespeople to know that it's "I couldn't care less." Drives me crazy.

    Posted by: Paul R | Feb 29, 2012 12:24:53 PM

  4. "I could just hide in a hole" ... I believe that was the premise of one of his Sean Cody video.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 29, 2012 12:25:42 PM

  5. Oh yeah, DANNY! You can tell he's 100% str8 by the look of total disgust on his face in the scenes where he's bottoming for Cody's boys. Right, whatever. Doing work for Cody might be a decision he "definitely regrets," but he made that same decision many times over--the guy did a LOT of work for Cody!

    Posted by: jim | Feb 29, 2012 12:27:04 PM

  6. It is slightly irritating to read his "mea culpa" over his gay porn past. His performances were good, he made good money and from the number of vids he done it didn't appear that he was suffering in the least. Why is there such a stigma? Obviously he is a good fighter, he shouldn't apologize. Degrading his former employer and calling making 80K for a few vids "a mistake" is absurd.

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 29, 2012 12:27:27 PM

  7. ANother closeted gay that spit on hte ones so proud to stand up. On my point of view there is no such called "gay for pay" at maximum they are bisexuals in denial.

    Posted by: Luke | Feb 29, 2012 12:32:17 PM

  8. Dakota AKA Danny may regret what he did now that he's becoming a big time UFC fighter on a national stage but to say he made a "mistake" is BS. He knew what he was doing and he willingly chose to have sex with other men on camera. Whether it was for the money or not is irrelevant; he did what he did, instead of trying to push it aside, own up to it. And the "shamefulness" aspect to the entire article is offensive, as well. There isn't anything shameful in what Dakota did, he shouldn't think he did something wrong.

    I will say, though, that UFC fans are handling it better than many would have probably expected, at least based on comments I've read regarding this story. A majority seem not to care. We'll see how long this support lasts if/when Dakota starts beating some of the top UFC fighters around, and if the UFC organization steps in if things start getting out of hand. That will be the test to see if Dana White and others who say they are in favor of openly gay-fighters within their ranks and support the gay community, actually mean what they say or are all talk.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 29, 2012 12:33:16 PM

  9. say what you like, boys, but I don't think any amount of money would make me straight for pay. You know what Jesus said: the spirit is willing but your c**k just won't get hard.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 29, 2012 12:37:02 PM

  10. Meh, this doesn't bother me at all. Actually kind of refreshing that he owns up to it and hasn't denied it. And gay for pay has been around for ages, why is it still upsetting people? Sexuality is gray, stop trying to box it in.

    And so what if he regrets it, I regret some of the things I did sexually when I was younger. Thankfully, mine weren't filmed.

    Posted by: BEAHBEAH | Feb 29, 2012 12:43:07 PM

  11. Go on an escort site and you'll see many MMA fighter types willing to hire themselves out...

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 29, 2012 12:45:33 PM

  12. oh honey, 16 movies?

    lying to me is one thing,

    but lying to yourself is just gross.

    Posted by: truthiness | Feb 29, 2012 12:45:47 PM

  13. refreshing? this isnt' refreshing - this is pathetic. not because he did porn, but because he's being such a little apologetic wimp about it.

    newsflash: doing male on male porn does not mean you're gay. at all. just as not all women who do girl on girl porn are lesbians, or even *true* Bisexuals.

    so, gay for pay = a mistake. beating the crap out of people = a noble profession a man should be proud of.


    heaven forbid a guy be comfortable enough in his sexuality to enjoy getting off, and with, other guys. heaven forbid they be filmed for the sexual benefit of others. no, better to engage in violent hand to hand combat for sport, for the benefit of neanderthals who vicariously live through it.

    there is a massive cultural disconnect in terms of morality, here.

    a fight between players at a sporting event? the camera Zooms in to get all the action. a tit was displayed? get that camera OUTTA there! that tit might harm people!

    condemning people for sex tapes. lauding people for publicity photos glorifying gun use. shaming a man for being sexually progressive. heralding a man for his skill at knocking out another man using mixed martial arts.

    if aliens are watching us they're thinking we're freakin' bonkers.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Feb 29, 2012 12:50:36 PM

  14. I'd still stick it in him.

    Posted by: Alex | Feb 29, 2012 12:56:00 PM

  15. I'll wager he is a Republican as well. Where have we seen this before?

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Feb 29, 2012 12:58:26 PM

  16. I will bet you dollars to donuts after a fight, he goes home and jerks off thinking about the guy he just fought.

    The only different between a televised UFC fight and gay porn is a bottle of poppers.

    Posted by: RG | Feb 29, 2012 1:00:48 PM

  17. If only we lived in a world where this wouldn't be such a BFD.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 29, 2012 1:03:40 PM

  18. Wow I remember him on SC; yes, he seems to be enjoying himself, far too much to be 100% straight. Maybe he is bi; who knows; hope he's happy with what he likes, who he is and what he's accomplished.

    Posted by: Rob | Feb 29, 2012 1:04:46 PM

  19. "The only different between a televised UFC fight and gay porn is a bottle of poppers."

    Best comment of the week. I'm going to embroider that sentence on a pillow and sleep with it daily.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Feb 29, 2012 1:09:28 PM

  20. Okay, is he sorry he was involved in pornography OR is he sorry that he was involved in something where he might be deemed as gay?

    Posted by: Christian | Feb 29, 2012 1:12:49 PM

  21. I completely agree with BEAHBEAH's comment. I could care less how he regrets it now, still nice vids to watch. =)

    Posted by: Dean | Feb 29, 2012 1:17:52 PM

  22. +1 to what beahbeah said... the guy is not gay. and he's entitled to regret having done porn. since when is that equivalent or being anti-gay or even closeted??? just get over it, people. so much wishful thinking. yuck.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Feb 29, 2012 1:21:22 PM

  23. imho, this constant need to label everyone gay is kinda pathetic, as though you need some sort of exogenous validation. so sad. there are bigger problems in the world. and we lgbt folks have bigger fish to fry.

    Posted by: daftpunkydavid | Feb 29, 2012 1:25:58 PM

  24. He sure looked like he liked it. Kudos on the performing.

    Posted by: Steerpike | Feb 29, 2012 1:30:57 PM

  25. @Little Kiwi: Good points. Every time I see them pounding fists into each others' heads and faces and drawing blood for the entertainment of others, it seems wrong that anyone deems this to be "sport.". It's exploitative to pay money specifically with the goal of watching people get injured (and potentially to die early deaths due to repeated brain damage.
    UFC is all the things the anti-porn types say about porn, except that porn doesn't necessarily actually harm anyone.
    So while he continues to pound concussions into others' heads on camera, he's apologizing for having pounded his penis in a much more innocuous way?
    The reverse might make more sense --apologizing for a UFC past and vowing to keep a porn future confined to safe sex.

    Posted by: Gregv | Feb 29, 2012 1:34:30 PM

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