He clawed his way to the top of Bellator’s lightweight heap, but Will Brooks was never happy, and he made that known in interviews and social media. So when his contract was up, Brooks bolted for what he believed would be greener pastures – namely, the UFC.

As per MMAJunkie:

Top free agent lightweight Will Brooks (17-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has signed a six-fight deal with the UFC and will meet Ross Pearson (19-10 MMA, 11-7 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale.

MMAjunkie today confirmed the booking with UFC officials.

Brooks currently sits at No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.

Pearson isn’t as tough a fight as Donald Cerrone, who Eddie Alvarez had to fight when he left the Bellator crown behind to compete in the Octagon. Still, it’s rare an elite Bellator dude comes over to the UFC, so this is a great opportunity to gauge how well fighters from the two organizations stack up against each other.