Dakota Cochrane (born May 1, 1986) is an American mixed martial artist who formerly fought in the Lightweight division for Bellator MMA .

Mixed martial arts career

Early career

Cochrane competed 7 times as an amateur going undefeated. He made his pro debut in November 2009 [2]

Cochrane successfully began his professional career in late 2009 amassing a 4-0 start before his first loss to future UFC fighter TJ O'Brien in July 2010. O'Brien use his grappling to defeat Cochrane by rear naked choke early in the first round.

Cochrane bounced back from the loss bringing his record to 11-1 including a late replacement bout against former WEC champion Jamie Varner at Titan Fighting Championships 20 on September 23, 2011. The fight was taken on 4 days notice and was fought at a catch-weight of 165 lbs. Cochrane dominated the fight -both standing and on the ground- in a hard fought unanimous decision win. [3]

The Ultimate Fighter

Cochrane appeared in the first episode of The Ultimate Fighter: Live facing James Vick . He lost to Vick via split decision.

Resurrection Fighting Alliance

Cochrane then fought former NCAA wrestling standout Ramico Blackmon at RFA 1 on December 16, 2011 in Kearney, Nebraska . Cochrane lost the fight by a 3-round unanimous decision in which Blackmon used his superior wrestling to neutralize Cochrane's stand up attack.

Cochrane lost for the second straight time in the RFA when he was submitted in the first round by Cliff Wright at RFA 2 on March 30, 2012. Cochrane took down Wright early in the round, but Wright was able to reverse the position, get Cochrane's back, and subsequently choke Cochrane unconscious with a rear naked choke.

Cochrane next defeated former UFC lightweight title contender Joe Stevenson in the main event of RFA 3 on June 30, 2012. After outstriking and outgrappling an out of shape Stevenson, Cochrane was able to sink in a rear naked choke to force the tap 64 seconds into the second round.

Cochrane won his second straight RFA fight at RFA 4 with a dominant victory over Derrick Burnsed. After escaping several submission attempts from Burnsed early on, Cochrane was able to latch on to a fight ending armbar late in the first round.

Cochrane defeated Deivison Francisco Ribeiro via TKO due to elbows in the third round at RFA 6, Cochrane dominated the fight before finishing Ribeiro.

Cochrane stepped inside the cage again at RFA 17 against Christos Giagos for RFA's inaugural lightweight title on August 22 at the Sanford Pentagon, which was South Dakota's first ever sanctioned MMA event. [4] He lost the fight by KO due to an flying knee in round 2. This marked the first time Dakota had been knocked out in his career.

Bellator MMA

Cochrane stepped in for an injured Derek Campos to face Alexander Sarnavskiy at Bellator 128 on October 10, 2014. [14] He lost the fight via rear naked choke submission in the first round.

Cochrane faced Ryan Couture at Bellator 135 on March 27, 2015. [18] He lost the fight via rear-naked choke submission in the first round and was subsequently released from the promotion. [7]

Personal life

Dakota Cochrane has participated in gay pornography . [8] [9] He has performed in sixteen videos under the stage name of "Danny" and fully disclosed this information to the UFC in his audition tape for The Ultimate Fighter 15 .

Championships and accomplishments

  • Total Warrior Combat
    • TWC Lightweight Championship (One time)

Mixed martial arts record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 30–12 Ciro Rodrigues Decision (split) LFA 25 October 20, 2017 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 29–12 Maki Pitolo Submission (guillotine choke) Victory FC 58 July 22, 2017 2 4:58 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 28–12 David Castillo Decision (unanimous) Victory FC Fight Night Harrah's 5 June 3, 2017 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States
Loss 27–12 Jordan Larson DQ (illegal knee) LFA: Sioux Falls Fight Night 1 April 29, 2017 2 1:15 Sioux Falls, South Dakota , United States
Loss 27–11 E.J. Brooks Decision (unanimous) Victory FC 56 April 14, 2017 3 5:00 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 27–10 Jake Lindsey Submission (guillotine choke) Victory FC 55 December 23, 2016 1 0:53 Topeka, Kansas , United States
Win 26–10 Jos Eichelberger Submission (rear naked choke) Legacy Fighting Championship 60 October 7, 2016 2 4:47 Hinckley, Minnesota , United States
Win 25–10 Jason Witt Submission (rear naked choke) Victory FC 52 July 16, 2016 2 3:17 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 24–10 Dequan Townsend Decision (split) TWC 29: Jaynes vs. Lamson May 14, 2016 5 5:00 Lansing, Michigan , United States Won TWC Lightweight Championship
Loss 23–10 Valdir Araujo TKO (punches) Victory FC 49 April 1, 2016 2 4:21 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 23–9 Jake Lindsey Submission (guillotine choke) Victory FC 47 January 29, 2016 3 3:43 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 22–9 Raymond Gray TKO (punches) Dynasty Combat Sports 22: Seasons Beatings 2015 November 28, 2015 1 3:11 Lincoln, Nebraska , United States
Win 21–9 Ben Neumann Decision (unanimous) RFA 32: Blumer vs. Higo November 6, 2015 3 5:00 Prior Lake, Minnesota , United States
Win 20–9 Sean Huffman Submission (punches) VFC: Fight Night at Harrahs 3 September 11, 2015 1 1:53 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States Return to Welterweight.
Win 19–9 Mike Bruno TKO (flying knee and punches) Titan FC 34 July 18, 2015 3 0:51 Kansas City, Missouri , United States
Loss 18–9 Jesse Steele McCall Submission (rear-naked choke) VFC: Fight Night at Harrahs 2 June 6, 2015 1 4:57 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States
Loss 18–8 Ryan Couture Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 135 March 27, 2015 1 3:23 Thackerville, Oklahoma , United States
Win 18–7 Ted Worthington TKO (punches) Dynasty Combat Sports 12: Seasons Beatings 2014 December 5, 2014 1 0:43 Lincoln, Nebraska , United States
Loss 17–7 Alexander Sarnavskiy Submission (rear-naked choke) Bellator 128 October 10, 2014 1 2:32 Thackerville, Oklahoma , United States
Loss 17–6 Christos Giagos KO (flying knee and punches) RFA 17: Cochrane vs. Giagos August 22, 2014 2 2:04 Sioux Falls, South Dakota , United States For inaugural RFA Lightweight Championship.
Win 17–5 Anton Kuivanen KO (flying knee) Fight Night Finland: Cochrane vs. Kuivanen June 14, 2014 1 0:48 Helsinki , Finland
Win 16–5 Efrain Escudero Decision (unanimous) RFA 13: Cochrane vs. Escudero March 7, 2014 3 5:00 Lincoln, Nebraska , United States
Loss 15–5 Chris Heatherly Submission (armbar) Warriors for Heroes October 26, 2013 1 4:13 St. Louis, Missouri , United States
Win 15–4 Carey Vanier KO (elbow) Victory FC 40 July 27, 2013 1 4:23 Ralston, Nebraska , United States
Loss 14–4 Marcus Edwards Submission (rear-naked choke) Disorderly Conduct 19 - The Tribute May 24, 2013 1 1:46 Omaha, Nebraska , United States
Win 14–3 Deivison Francisco Ribeiro TKO (elbows) RFA 6: Krause vs. Imada 2 January 18, 2013 3 4:32 Kansas City, Missouri , United States
Win 13–3 Derrick Burnsed Submission (armbar) RFA 4: Griffin vs. Escudero November 2, 2012 1 4:38 Las Vegas, Nevada , United States
Win 12–3 Joe Stevenson Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 3: Stevenson vs. Cochrane June 30, 2012 2 1:04 Kearney, Nebraska , United States
Loss 11–3 Cliff Wright Submission (rear-naked choke) RFA 2: Yvel vs. Alexander March 30, 2012 1 4:39 Kearney, Nebraska , United States
Loss 11–2 Ramico Blackmon Decision (unanimous) RFA 1: Pulver vs. Elliott December 16, 2011 3 5:00 Kearney, Nebraska , United States 165 lb catchweight
Win 11–1 Jamie Varner Decision (unanimous) Titan FC 20 September 23, 2011 3 5:00 Kansas City, Kansas , United States 165 lb catchweight
Win 10–1 George Sheppard Decision (split) The Cage Inc. - Battle at the Border 10 June 30, 2011 5 5:00 Hankinson, North Dakota , United States Lightweight bout
Win 9–1 Rod Montoya Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge 181 December 16, 2010 1 1:20 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States
Win 8–1 Marshall Martin KO (punch) The Cage Inc. - Battle At The Border 8 April 15, 2011 2 1:57 Hankinson, North Dakota , United States
Win 7–1 Marcus LeVesseur Submission (triangle choke) Seconds Out/Vivid MMA: Combat On Capital Hill 4 November 12, 2010 1 4:08 St. Paul, Minnesota , United States
Win 6–1 Will Shutt Submission (arm-triangle choke) Extreme Challenge 162 October 1, 2010 1 1:36 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States
Win 5–1 Jon Knutson Decision (unanimous) The Cage Inc. - Battle At The Border 6 August 21, 2010 3 5:00 Hankinson, North Dakota , United States
Loss 4–1 TJ O'Brien Submission (rear-naked choke) Extreme Challenge - High Stakes July 16, 2010 1 2:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States
Win 4–0 Cory Simpson Submission (rear-naked choke) The Cage Inc. - Battle At The Border 5 May 15, 2010 2 2:40 Hankinson, North Dakota , United States
Win 3–0 Carlos Cladio Submission (rear-naked choke) The Cage Inc. - Proving Grounds 2 April 2, 2010 1 2:05 Hankinson, North Dakota , United States
Win 2–0 Jeremy Malaterre Decision (unanimous) Victory FC 30 - Night of Champions February 5, 2010 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States
Win 1–0 Alex Harper Decision (unanimous) Victory FC 29 - The Rising November 13, 2009 3 5:00 Council Bluffs, Iowa , United States

Mixed martial arts exhibition record

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 0–1 James Vick Decision (split) The Ultimate Fighter: Live March 9, 2012 1 5:00 Las Vegas , Nevada , United States 1 round TUF entry fight.