"He was absolutely 100 percent upfront. When you come on 'The Ultimate Fighter,' you get drug tested, you have extensive background tests, check-ups ... we do everything on these guys. Medicals, etcetera, etcetera. He's was 100 percent upfront and honest. We've had guys come on the show who have not been as upfront and honest and we find out before they ever make air. We were well aware of what he had done and so was FX. I'm cool with it."
-- Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White spoke with MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani about The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 15 competitor Dakota Cochrane and his previous life as a gay pornstar, news that has only recently come to light. The revelation and the response to it was under a magnifiying glass, especially with the recent similar situation with UFC ring girl Chandella Powell. Cochrane, who is now married and is a proud father, has since come out publicly stating that the previous employment history was a "mistake," and that it was something he did to help provide a way out financial struggles during college. According to White, it's not a big deal because Cochrane was transparent during the audition process and withheld no information. Will it be a big deal to the other contestants in the house or to the audience viewing at home? Only time will tell, but people tend to forgive and forget when athletes perform well. Watch a live preview video for TUF 15, including interviews with B.J. Penn, Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell, here. TUF 15, along with Cochrane and the rest of the cast, will debut on the FX network this Friday night (March 9, 2012,) at 9 p.m. ET in the 2.5-hour premiere special.