The Ultimate Fighter season 28 is underway on FS1 over the next couple of months. And if not the final season of TUF (Dana White insists the show will go on), it’s the last time the show will air on a FOX affiliate before the UFC jumps over to their new platform on ESPN. As such, Kelvin Gastelum is making sure the show goes off with a bang.
The upcoming middleweight title challenger more or less admitted that he wasn’t overly thrilled to be back doing the Ultimate Fighter – having previously coached TUF Latin America 2, opposite Efrain Escudero, as well as winning TUF 17. Back in July, he told the press that he liked ‘doing whatever it takes to get the title shot,’ when asked if he enjoyed being on the show again.
“I feel like a lot of people are kind of unfortunately ‘over’ the Ultimate Fighter,” Gastelum added, when asked for his thoughts on what was expected to be the show’s final season. “It’s kinda been dull, boring. That’s how I feel. I don’t know how spectators feel, but that’s how I felt. I felt like I’m going to try my best to bring back a sparkle to what the Ultimate Fighter is.”
Maybe that explains Gastelum’s unusual corner advice that he delivered to Justin Frazier, in Frazier’s unanimous decision win over Anderson da Silva on Episode 3 of TUF 28, which aired on Wednesday, Sept. 12th.
“If he breaks the guard, and his guard is open, I want you to get your hips in. Kinda like you’re with your wife. Alright?” Gastelum told a visibly fatigued Frazier between rounds.
Currently, Gastelum’s fighters are 3-0 on the season, having won all of their bouts against Team Whittaker. No doubt due, in large part, to Gastelum’s expert coaching and cornering work.
Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker are expected to face off for Whittaker’s middleweight title following the TUF 28 Finale on November 30th in Las Vegas, NV. However, a specific date for their bout has yet to be set. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates as the TUF season continues.