Mixed martial arts career
Cochrane competed 7 times as an amateur going undefeated. He made his pro debut in November 2009 
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. 
The Ultimate Fighter
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.  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.
Dakota Cochrane has participated in gay pornography .   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
|Professional record breakdown|
|42 matches||30 wins||12 losses|
|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
|Exhibition record breakdown|
|1 match||0 wins||1 loss|
|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.|