The UFC announced tonight that “The Ultimate Fighter” will return for a 28th season, with middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and contender Kelvin Gastelum serving as the coaches. The season will be called “Heavy Hitters.”
“This is crazy,” Gastelum said during the TUF 27 Finale broadcast. “This is what we’ve been working for a long time, and I’m not going to let it slip by. This is a huge opportunity for me, my first title shot. My first belt of many. And I think it’s going to be a great season. Me and Robert have a lot to offer this sport.”
Ex-Champion Chris Weidman was also in the run for the title shot, but Gastelum was chosen to fight Robert Whittaker.
Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker will be the coaches on the next (and maybe final) season of TUF.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 7, 2018
“I feel like I was the most deserving, and surely enough (UFC President) Dana (White) always talks about guys that fight, guys that step up and fight should be rewarded,” Gastelum said.” I felt like I was definitely that guy and blessed. I’m ready to do this. I’m ready to take it.”
This could also be the last season of TUF as there are a lot of speculations going around with UFC signing a broadcast deal with ESPN and also UFC putting its Las Vegas TUF mansion for sale for $5 Million.