The next international installment of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) will feature up-and-coming mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters who will be under the tutelage of two former winners of the combat sports reality show, as Kelvin Gastelum and Efrain Escudero have been pegged as coaches for TUF: "Latin America 2."
Set to debut this August, taping will begin this month, according to UFC.com, with the finale going down later this year in Mexico.
Unlike past seasons, Gastelum and Escudero will not face each other once the show wraps, as Kelvin will soon be moving up from welterweight to compete at middleweight, while Efrain bangs in the lightweight division.
Escudero, who was born in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico, is enjoying success in his third stint with UFC. Aside from hew new coaching gig, "Hecho En Mexico" made a successful return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 60 last month by defeating Rodrigo de Lama via unanimous decision.
Efrain initially got his foot in the Octagon door by winning season eight of TUF in 2008.
Gastelum, who is of Mexican descent, earned his six-figure contract with the promotion by winning season 17 of TUF after he defeated heavy-favorite Uriah Hall in the finale.
After winning his first five bouts under the UFC banner in the welterweight division, Kelvin suffered the first loss of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career to Tyron Woodley at UFC 183 last January. After coming in heavy during the official weigh-ins, Dana White declared that Gastelum would have to move up to middleweight to avoid further scale fails.
But, seeing as how earned himself a coaching gig on the popular show, it seems Kelvin is still in the good graces of the ZUFFA higher ups.
TUF: "Latin America 2" will feature UFC hopefuls spanning from 20 different countries from Latin America.