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Top-rated free agent and former Bellator Lightweight Champion Will Brooks has signed with the UFC, according to a report on Wednesday. first reported the news. UFC officials confirmed the signing to soon after.

Brooks (17-1) will face Ross Pearson at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale on July 8.

A former title holder, Brooks was granted a release from Bellator while being recognized as the promotion's 155-pound champ. He then made his intentions clear in the media that he wanted to sign with the UFC.

Against Pearson (19-10-1), Brooks steps in for James Krause, who had to withdraw from the card for various personal reasons.

According to the report from MMAJunkie, Brooks has signed with the UFC in a six-fight deal.