Inconsistency has plagued lightweight Dakota Cochrane recently, and 2013 was no exception.
After winning his first fight of the year, which added to a three-fight winning streak, Cochrane went on to alternate losses and wins in his next three bouts, finishing the year 2-2.
Cochran told MMAWeekly.com that one problem led to another and thus his year was a wash.
“I had kind of a rough year as far as finding fights, and when I did find fights they were very short notice that were hard to prepare for,” he said. “Being able to train for more than three weeks is pretty nice.”
Because he was unable to prepare correctly, Cochrane feels he performed, “not up to my abilities,” and that needed ample time to get ready for his fights, “was definitely my lesson learned last year.”
Cochrane (15-5) will be looking to get back on track in his first fight of the year on March 7 when he takes on Efrain Escudero (21-7) at RFA 13 in Lincoln, Neb.
“I’m very excited to fight Efrain,” said Cochrane. “He’s been on TUF, he’s fought in the UFC, and has a well-known name. He’s a very good opponent and it’s going to be a very tough fight. I’m expecting a lot of action.
“I think my striking will definitely be key in this match. Keeping it standing up would definitely be in my favor. Just watching my past fights, he’ll probably want to take it to the ground. He’s a very technical striker, but I think my power may give me the edge.”
Following his disappointing 2013 campaign, Cochrane might be tentative when looking forward to this year, but not so. He has big things in mind and isn’t afraid to shoot for big goals in 2014.
“Normally, I take it fight by fight, but after having last year, I really didn’t make a goal for myself, so for this year I told myself I want to go 5-0,” he said.
“I normally I don’t (make a proclamation like) that, and I’m not sure I’ll get them all in this year, but if I can win my next five in a row that would be awesome.”