According to a number of online sources, Dakota Cochrane, 5'8", 155#, MMA fighter and reality star on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter, has a background in gay-themed erotica, starring as "Danny" in online porn. "Cochrane"? I know. I thought of the pun too. The man's past is no secret to UFC, as Cochrane himself stated on Tuesday in an interview with web magazine MMA Fighting,
I think it's a little bit courageous for both of us. 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.In October, Dana White, President of Ultimate Fighting Championship, stated that he wished that gay MMA fighters would come out as gay and that he would not discriminate against them if they did. However, Cochrane has not identified himself as gay. The video site in question advertises Danny as having a girlfriend, and Cochrane told MMA Fighting that, looking back, he now regrets the decision to appear in the films. In September, the gay blog Queerty had reported that Danny was a "versatile top" in seventeen videos for SeanCody.com. Yahoo! Sports worries how this news will play out for Cochrane, asking, "What will be the reaction from fans, hardcore and casual [once] this blows up on the blogosphere?"
One wonders. It will be interesting, also, to see if fans respond differently to news that an MMA fighter was "gay for pay" (with subsequent regrets) than to news (inevitable, I would think, if not in the near future) that an MMA fighter is gay.