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    Ex-Bellator lightweight champ Will Brooks signs with UFC, faces Ross Pearson in TUF 23 finale

    Jun 17, 2016
    Will Brooks, the former Bellator lightweight champ, makes his UFC debut on July 8. Photo from Brooks' Instagram account

    LAS VEGAS — The UFC has signed veteran lightweight Will Brooks to a multi-fight contract after Bellator released its reigning champion last month.

    Brooks will make his UFC debut July 8 in Las Vegas against Ross Pearson, the mixed martial arts promotion announced Wednesday (Thursday, Manila time).

    Brooks (17-1) won the Bellator lightweight title in 2014 and defended the belt twice in 2015, but Bellator took the unusual step of stripping his title and making him a free agent in May after Brooks' repeated public criticism of the promotion.

    Brooks has won eight consecutive fights. He will enter the UFC's crowded 155-pound division with a bout against the veteran Pearson (19-10) on the undercard of The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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    Will Brooks, the former Bellator lightweight champ, makes his UFC debut on July 8. Photo from Brooks' Instagram account
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