At only 23 years of age, UFC fighter Kelvin Gastelum has already accomplished a lot.
Gastelum was the youngest fighter to win the Ultimate Fighter reality show before finding himself in a dominant run at 170 pounds. His only loss has come against No. 3 welterweight Tyron Woodley — a bout that saw Gastelum enter the match 10 pounds overweight. Aside from Woodley, the only thing really beating Gastelum is the scales.
Enter weight-cut coach guru George Lockhart.
With Lockhart in his camp, Dana White and the UFC brass are allowing Gastelum to make the drop back down to welterweight to take on Matt “The Immortal” Brown, as the two headline The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 finale Nov. 21 in Monterrey, Mexico.
“It’s the first time I’m going to Monterrey, so I’m excited about that. And I’m excited about headlining a card for the first time, especially against a guy like Matt Brown. I’m super excited and I can’t wait to get to work,” Gastelum told Today’s Knockout.
You can catch Gastelum moonlighting as a coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America 2 on UFC Fight Pass, working against fellow UFC Latino fighter Efrain Escudero. After being on TUF only two years ago as a contestant, coaching has been a surreal experience for Gastelum.
“As a coach, it was a lot harder than actually being a competitor, because you have eight other guys who are depending on you as a coach to help them reach their potential, help them reach their goals,” Gastelum said. “It’s kind of a lot of pressure and it’s a lot of responsibility.”