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There’s A Gay Porn Star On The TUF 15 Cast List (Update)

So it looks like there’s a gay porn star on the TUF 15 cast list.

I’m not sure what prompted them to start digging, but MiddleEasy did an extensive search on Dakota Cochrane and pretty much confirmed via facial and tattoo recognition that Cochrane is in fact gay adult film star “Danny.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and assume the TUF producers weren’t aware of that little tidbit when they casted Cochrane, so the question now whether or not they’re going to do anything about it. When Dana White came under attack for being anti-gay, he retorted by claiming that he has absolutely no problem with there being gay fighters in the UFC and if there are, he wishes they would come out.

“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. I mean, it’s 2012. Give me a break.”

Having a gay fighter in the UFC is one thing, but having a gay porn star with plenty of proof on the internet might be a little harder to deal with from a public relations standpoint. It will be interesting to see how they handle it.

Update: MMA Fighting’s Mike Chiappetta spoke to Dakota Cochrane about his controversial past. He says he regrets it and much to my surprise (I assumed wrong above, my bad), Cochrane did disclose it up front and the TUF producers chose him anyways.

“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.”

I failed to mention above that Cochrane recently defeated former WEC lightweight champion Jamie Varner so he does have skills. I should also note that Cochrane says he had a girlfriend at the time who made him stop and says he is straight. He claims he made around $80,000 from it.

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