When news of TUF contestant Dakota Cochrane’s gay-porn past came out to the media many assumed it would be the end of his shot to get in the UFC, especially with octagon girl Chandella Powell disappearance after soft-core porn videos from her past had surfaced.
Dana White however is willing to let the past be the past in this instance.
Listen, the guy has a past,” White said. “Who doesn’t? We all have pasts. He didn’t do anything illegal. When we do the screening process for these shows, we look for guys that have bad backgrounds, done things illegal or whatever, and it depends on what they’ve done. I’m a pretty forgiving person with people’s pasts.”
We’ve all made mistakes. It depends on how you’ve handled your mistakes and everything else, but what Cochrane did isn’t illegal. Whether you like it or don’t like it is one thing, but there’s no reason that this kid shouldn’t be able to go for his dreams and make a living.”
Perhaps one of the big differences with Cochrane’s case is that he was upfront with his past porn experience. White has had his own rocky past with the gay community when he shouted homophobic slurs at a member of the press which caused outrage from the gay community.
“I’m not the big, bald homophobe people think I am,” White said. “The reality is that I’m fine with this guy. I’ve said it many times before: If there’s a guy who is gay and fights in the UFC, I could give a [expletive]. I could care less what you do at home. It doesn’t bother me, and if I was afraid of this topic and worried about this, it would have been real easy to snip him, and he doesn’t make it. He gets cut. I don’t care.”
“I’m not worried about what he did in the past. It doesn’t affect me or the company or anyone else. I’m sure there are going to be some issues. Maybe there are some knuckleheads in here that are going to say some stupid [expletive] to him. I’m not hiding from that, either. It is what it is.”
White has chosen not to skirt around the subject, taking the ‘gay-porn’ issue head on as it is a part of real life.
If I was somebody in the gay community, I would think this was a good thing, not a bad thing,” White said. “It is what it is. I’m not going to come in here and sugarcoat and say, ‘Well, the policy here in this company is,’ and ‘What we do is.’ Dude, I don’t know what the [expletive] is going to happen when this guy gets in the house. I don’t know what they’re going to say to him, but it’s reality. It’s a part of life. People deal with these kinds of things all the time, and I’m not afraid to take it head-on.”
“It’s not like racism or things like that you have to deal with, but it’s sort of a form of that, and it is what it is. The guy did it. Now he’s got to live with it. He’s got to handle himself in the real world. Dude is pretty tough. He made it on to the show, so any guy who has anything to say to him, he gets to kick his [expletive] ass two days later. That’s the great thing about being on this reality show.”
“I don’t know if I have 15 homophobes here or 15 guys who could care less about it. I have no idea. No one has been talked to on the show. ‘We have a very sensitive issue.’ None of that has happened. We don’t do that [expletive]. Whatever happens in that house happens, and then I’m going to have to deal with it. If there’s some crazy [expletive] going on, you know how it works with me. I’m going to be fair and do the right thing. But if stuff crosses the line and bad things happen, I guess I’m going to be going over there a lot.”
White makes his stance very clear that he does NOT care what people do behind closed doors and in his opinion you are a close minded idiot if you do.
“I think you’re a [expletive] idiot,” White said. “It shouldn’t matter to anybody what somebody else does in their life – who they choose to be with, who they choose to spend their life; it’s none of your [expletive] business. What you better be worried about is this dude’s coming to kick your [expletive] ass.