Looking back on his 2014, lightweight veteran Dakota Cochrane admits that it was a rollercoaster of a year lows and highs. After starting off the year with two straight wins, Cochrane suffered back-to-back losses before rebounding with a victory in his last fight in December.
When it comes to the losses, Cochrane feels one snowballed into the other, but he feels he’s come out the other end better for it.
“I’d say (2014) started out well, but then I had a real bad weight cut for the RFA (in August) and that kind of affected things a little bit,” said Cochrane. “I took a short-notice fight with Bellator (in October) and it kind of had a domino effect from the RFA and didn’t have my head quite ready.
“Overall, I don’t regret things because they opened up opportunities for now. For every mistake you make, you have to learn from it and move on.”
Cochrane (18-7) will get a second shot at Bellator when he faces Ryan Couture (9-3) in Thackerville, Okla., on Friday in a feature 155-pound bout.
“He’s a very tough dude, but I’m excited to fight him,” Cochrane said of Couture. “I know I can’t really count him out the whole fight because he’s always going to be looking for the W like I am. It’s going to be a battle of who can impose their will on the other person.
“I think that’s something that I’m really going to have to set up with my striking game along with my wrestling and wrestling defense.”
Though he has more than twice the number of fights as Couture does, Cochrane told MMAWeekly.com that he doesn’t think his opponent will be overwhelmed on March 27.
“Ryan’s only been fighting a couple of years, but a lot of his fights have been on a big stage, so I definitely feel that we are on a level playing field,” said Cochrane. “It’s going to come down to who wants the fight more; who wants to win.”
Through ups and downs, Cochrane has never wavered, and he doesn’t plan on starting this year if he has to continue to prove himself.
“I feel like a lot of work to do in improving my fight skills, but this is a great opportunity that I plan on taking advantage on,” he said. “If it doesn’t work out, I’m going to keep working and keep training and work my way up the rankings.”