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Former gay porn actor Dakota Cochrane debuts on 'The Ultimate Fighter 15,' loses

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Update: Cochrane lost a split decision in the round of 32 during a live telecast March 9, so he won't be on the show any more.

Dakota Cochrane, who has talked openly about his gay porn past, will debut Friday on the opening episode of the reality series "The Ultimate Fighter 15." The show airs on Fx at 9 p.m. Eastern (6 p.m. Pacific). Cochrane said he earned $80,000 as "Danny" on the Sean Cody website. UFC head Dana White fully backs the fighter.

Of course I knew [about his porn past]. Listen, the kid’s a fighter. He did what he did. He didn’t break any laws, he didn’t do anything illegal. When we do background checks on guys, we look for stuff that’s illegal, we look for criminal stuff, we look for stuff we just don’t like. You can have your own opinion of him…but the kid’s a fighter, he’s got a good record, and he’s earned his way into The Ultimate Fighter.”

Cochrane, who is married with a child and says he is not gay, is a good fighter, compiling a 10-2 record. He will be one of 32 contestants on the show, with one eventually being crowned the "ultimate fighter." Each "team" has a coach, one being mixed martial arts champ Urijah Faber (himself hot enough to do porn), who said he would have no problem coaching Cochrane:

“I’m interested to see where his head’s at with the whole thing," said Faber. "That will be a big deciding factor on how everyone else deals with it. It’s going to come up, there’s no doubt about that. It’s not a subject that just gets looked over."

“If these guys want to make fun of him or pick on him or whatever, they may be getting beat up by him, so I wouldn’t make him look too bad cause if you’re going to break a guy down and he beats you up then that kind of makes you look bad.”

Of course, it will be brought up. It's what is going to have a fair number of people tuning in to see. The longer Cochrane stays on the show, the better the ratings.