“Ultimate Fighter” Dakota Cochrane unmasked as Danny, ex-porn star for Sean Cody

SAN DIEGO -- The Internet is buzzing this week with the news that rising cage fighter Dakota Cochrane is a former gay porn star with ties to San Diego.

Cochrane, aka Danny from Sean Cody Films, is one of 32 finalists named this week to compete on the FX reality show, “The Ultimate Fighter Live.”

The Nebraska native made 16 films for Sean Cody Films, which is based in San Diego. Danny appeared in such titles as “Danny & Terry,” “Danny Ford,” “Danny’s Toys,” “Nicolas & Danny,” “Danny & Billy,” “Parker, Billy & Danny,” “Danny & Cole” and other titles too explicit for general audiences.

A Google search for Danny at Sean Cody shows a well-chiseled young man with a small tattoo on his left shoulder. Sean Cody described Danny as a “sexy little farm boy with the innocent smile” who acknowledged that he had a girlfriend who wasn’t happy with his career choice.

Cochrane, 25, apparently fully informed UFC about his porn past, and that didn’t stop him from earning a contract.

But Cochrane told MMAFighting.com that he regretted his actions. “Every time I was down there [shooting at Sean Cody Films in San Diego], I hated it,” he said.

Judge for yourself, but those familiar with Danny’s performances would probably not believe him, because otherwise he would rank as one of the best actors in the history of filmmaking.

“It’s definitely a decision I regret,” Cochrane 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.”

While at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Cochrane was a track team member who ran the 4x100 meter relay and pole vaulted.

As a cage fighter, Cochrane is 11-2 – including 7-2 as a professional. He beat World Extreme Cagefighting champion Jamie Varner at the Titan Fighting Championship 20 last year to qualify for “The Ultimate Fighter Live,” which returns March 9 for the new season.

On his Twitter account @DakotaCochrane, where he has 267 followers, Cochrane writes: "Professional fighter/Personal Trainer. The most important role I have is being a dad and a future husband in April 2012. Omaha, NE."

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