It was reported earlier today that one of the new cast members of “The Ultimate Fighter 15,” Dakota Cochrane, was found out to be a gay adult film star. Not to make any brash statements, but I’m sure upon hearing this news, many of the TUF 15 fighters may feel uncomfortable sharing close space and/or fighting with him.
To be honest, I was very reluctant to write this article, due to the fact that a person’s sexuality is no one’s business, and Dakota probably kept these films semi non-public for a reason. But I hope that the majority of MMA fans can get past this bit of information and focus on Cochrane as a fighter and not a gay man.
UFC President Dana White himself stated, “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.”
Hopefully this will be a step in the right direction for more gay fighters to come out and feel welcome in the MMA community.