MMA fighter Dakota Cochrane’s past as a gay pornstar wasn’t exactly a secret before, but it had certainly never been advertised to as many people as it was over the past 48 hours when he was tapped to appear on the upcoming edition of The Ultimate Fighter. Dakota is set to become the Chaz Bono of the season, and we’re likely to learn some interesting insights about our scene if he makes it through the March 9th elimination round and into the TUF house.

Cochrane has been doing some media interviews since the news broke, appearing on Mauro Ranallo’s radio show and also sitting down with the guys at MMA Fighting to explain how he ended up on the ass end of a lucrative porno career:

“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.”

The interview also confirms that Cochrane isn’t actually gay, just gay-for-pay. While he says ‘hated’ all that gay pornstarring, the $80,000 he made from the 17 vids he did was enough to keep him going back until his girlfriend / mother of his child / future wife asked him to stop. Which is kinda crazy because gay porn certainly seems to pay much better than the amateur mixed martial arts circuit. And isn’t all that different in the end:

The trauma is just more centralized in gay porn.

It’s pretty cool to hear that the UFC and FX were okay with Dakota’s seedy past and aren’t going to let it get in the way of a potential career in the UFC. While the Baldfather has gone on the record several times to say he’s okay with gay fighters in the UFC, a straight up gay pornstar is several levels of controversy up the ladder. I’m sure the Culinary Union that tried to nail the UFC on being anti-gay will now try to nail them for allowing such filth flarn filth onto the airwaves.