UFC middleweight Kelvin Gastelum (15-3, 1 NC MMA) will be fighting the current champion, Robert Whittaker (20-4 MMA) for the title on February 10 at UFC 234.
Both fighters were coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 28, which the Finale concluded on November 30.
Gastelum is coming off back-to-back victories over Ronaldo ‘Jacare’ Souza and former UFC middleweight champion, Michael Bisping.
Gastelum won The Ultimate Fighter 17 middleweight tournament in 2013 before dropping to welterweight. He briefly returned to the middleweight division against Nate Marquardt in June 2015, but officially moved back up to that division at UFC 206 against Tim Kennedy on December 10, 2016. He defeated Kennedy via TKO in the third round.
At the UFC Performance Institute, Gastelum spoke to Helen Yee about coaching The Ultimate Fighter 28, how he matches up with Whittaker stylistically, why he’s underestimating the current champion, and more.