Kelvin Gastelum might be moving up in weight, but he's also making other moves as well.
The former UFC welterweight contender, who is headed to middleweight, will be one of the coaches on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter Latin America, along with Efrain Escudero, the UFC announced Tuesday night on its Latin American website. The show will begin filming this month and air in Latin America and on UFC Fight Pass in August. The finale will be held in Mexico in a city to be determined sometime in the fall.
Both Gastelum and Escudero are products of the original TUF series in the United States. Gastelum is of Mexican descent and Escudero was born in Mexico. The two will not fight against one another at the finale, but it's likely both will compete on that card.
Gastelum and Escudero will each coach a team of lightweight and welterweight fighters from Mexico and the rest of Latin America. The competitors names will be released in the coming weeks. The first season, coached by Cain Velasquez and Fabricio Werdum, featured featherweights and bantamweights with Yair Rodriguez and Alejandro Perez winning, respectively.
Gastelum (10-1), the youngest TUF winner ever (season 17), had his undefeated streak snapped by Tyron Woodley with a split decision at UFC 183 on Jan. 31. Gastelum, 23, missed weight by nine pounds before that fight and the UFC is forcing him to move to 185. Escudero (23-9) is coming off a unanimous decision win over Rodrigo de Lima last month. This is his third go-around with the UFC. He, too, is a TUF winner from season eight.
The UFC release stated that the first season drew an average of seven million viewers per episode in Mexico and millions more throughout Latin America.