Let the rumors end.

According to a report from MMANews.com, Phil ‘CM Punk’ Brooks is expected to compete as a member of the UFC’s welterweight division.

This news comes after months of speculation over which weight class the former WWE superstar would be joining for his highly anticipated promotional debut.

Brooks, who has been training under the tutelage of Duke Roufus and the rest of Roufussport for the last few months, had previously announced he had signed with the UFC during the broadcast of UFC 181.

“This is my new career, 100%,” revealed Brooks in December. “I’m going to go full steam ahead, all systems go after today, and it’s going to be fun. I have nothing but respect for everybody here at the UFC, everybody who steps in the Octagon to fight. And when it’s all said and done, when I’m finished, everybody’s going to have to respect me because I have come here to fight.”

It was initially believed he would be competing as a middleweight but it appears the extensive training over the last few months have allowed Brooks to shed more weight than he anticipated.

While the UFC has yet to reveal a date or opponent for Brooks’ debut, the report indicates the two parties plan to meet in July to hash out the details. It should also be noted Roufus revealed his new student had recently gone through his first live scrimmage inside the cage so a date may not be as far away as people imagine.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on UFC.com, ArizonaSports.com and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.