Derrick Lewis (fighter)
Derrick James Lewis|
February 7, 1985
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
|Other names||The Black Beast|
|Residence||Cypress, Texas, United States|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Team||4oz Fight Club|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Derrick James Lewis (born February 7, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, Lewis has also competed for Bellator MMA and Legacy FC, where he was the heavyweight champion. As of October 6, 2018, he is #2 contender for the UFC heavyweight championship. He holds notable victories over Alexander Volkov, Francis Ngannou, Travis Browne, Gabriel Gonzaga and Roy Nelson.
Born and raised as one of seven siblings, the second oldest, by a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lewis was troubled growing up and was often involved in street fighting. In 1999, Lewis and his family relocated to Houston, Texas. At the age of 17, Lewis began training in boxing and was preparing for his first amateur fight when the gym unexpectedly shut down. Two weeks after graduating from high school, Lewis was charged with aggravated assault, and was placed on probation. Two years later, while attending Kilgore College on a full scholarship for football, Lewis violated his probation and was sentenced to five years in prison, but ended up serving three and a half. A week after being released, Lewis was introduced to mixed martial arts by a friend and, while working as a tow-truck driver, continued with boxing under the tutelage of George Foreman. However, after dominating in his first professional mixed martial arts fight, Lewis decided to focus on mixed martial arts.
Mixed martial arts career
Lewis began his journey in MMA in late 2009, when he made his debut as an amateur against Jay Ross at LSAMMA on October 16, 2009. He lost the fight via TKO (doctor stoppage). He then faced Tim Buchanan at the United States American Combat Association event on January 30, 2010. He won via TKO.
After turning professional in 2010, Lewis would compile a fight record of 4-1 before signing with Bellator Fighting Championships in May 2010.
Bellator Fighting Championships
Ultimate Fighting Championship
Lewis was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Nandor Guelmino at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on August 28, 2013. However, the bout was cancelled as Lewis had to pull out due to an injury.
Lewis next had a rematch with Shawn Jordan on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68. In their first encounter on the regional circuit in 2010, Lewis lost by unanimous decision. Lewis lost the fight via TKO in the second round.
Lewis was expected to face Anthony Hamilton on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192. However, Hamilton was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Viktor Pešta. He won the fight via TKO in the third round.
Lewis faced Travis Browne on February 19, 2017, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 105. He won the fight via knockout in the second round. Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.
Lewis faced Mark Hunt on June 11, 2017, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 110. He lost by TKO in the fourth round. Despite the loss, the win earned Lewis his second consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award. After the loss, during his post-fight interview, Lewis announced that he was likely retiring from mixed martial arts. Later in the month, Lewis revealed that he ultimately decided to continue fighting.
Lewis faced Alexander Volkov on October 6, 2018 at UFC 229. After being behind on the judges' scorecards and visibly hurt multiple times, Lewis knocked Volkov down and subsequently finished the fight with follow up punches in the closing seconds of the bout. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
On October 9, the UFC announced that Lewis is expected to face the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and UFC Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier for UFC Heavyweight Championship on November 3rd at UFC 230. 
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Legacy Fighting Championship
- Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- One successful title defense
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|27 matches||21 wins||5 losses|
|Win||21–5 (1)||Alexander Volkov||KO (punches)||UFC 229||October 6, 2018||3||4:49||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||20–5 (1)||Francis Ngannou||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 226||July 6, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–5 (1)||Marcin Tybura||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros||February 18, 2018||3||2:48||Austin, Texas, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Loss||18–5 (1)||Mark Hunt||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt||June 11, 2017||4||3:51||Auckland, New Zealand||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||18–4 (1)||Travis Browne||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne||February 19, 2017||2||3:12||Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada||Fight of the Night.|
|Win||17–4 (1)||Shamil Abdurakhimov||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov||December 9, 2016||4||3:42||Albany, New York, United States|
|Win||16–4 (1)||Roy Nelson||Decision (split)||UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez||July 7, 2016||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||15–4 (1)||Gabriel Gonzaga||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos||April 10, 2016||1||4:48||Zagreb, Croatia||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||14–4 (1)||Damian Grabowski||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson||February 6, 2016||1||2:17||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||13–4 (1)||Viktor Pešta||TKO (punches)||UFC 192||October 3, 2015||3||1:15||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Loss||12–4 (1)||Shawn Jordan||TKO (hook kick and punches)||UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson||June 6, 2015||2||0:48||New Orleans, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||12–3 (1)||Ruan Potts||TKO (punches)||UFC 184||February 28, 2015||2||3:18||Los Angeles, California, United States|
|Loss||11–3 (1)||Matt Mitrione||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi||September 5, 2014||1||0:41||Mashantucket, Connecticut, United States|
|Win||11–2 (1)||Guto Inocente||KO (punches)||The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale||July 6, 2014||1||3:30||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||10–2 (1)||Jack May||TKO (punches)||UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne||April 19, 2014||1||4:23||Orlando, Florida, United States|
|Win||9–2 (1)||Ricky Shivers||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 18||March 1, 2013||3||4:22||Houston, Texas, United States||Defended the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship|
|Win||8–2 (1)||Jared Rosholt||KO (punches)||Legacy FC 13||August 17, 2012||2||4:41||Dallas, Texas, United States||Won the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||7–2 (1)||Alex Flores||TKO (knee to the body and punches)||RFA 2||March 30, 2012||1||2:37||Kearney, Nebraska, United States|
|NC||6–2 (1)||Jeremiah Constant||NC (punches to back of head)||Fight To Win: Paramount Prize Fighting 2012||January 27, 2012||1||0:48||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Win||6–2||Rakim Cleveland||TKO (punches)||Legacy FC 9||December 16, 2011||3||3:12||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||5–2||Jay Peche||TKO (punches)||Immortal Kombat Fighting||September 3, 2011||1||0:46||Spring, Texas, United States|
|Loss||4–2||Tony Johnson||Decision (unanimous)||Bellator 46||June 25, 2011||3||5:00||Hollywood, Florida, United States|
|Win||4–1||Taylor Herbert||TKO (punches)||International Xtreme Fight Association||February 26, 2011||1||2:14||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||3–1||Rakim Cleveland||Submission (armbar)||Worldwide Gladiator||November 12, 2010||2||1:33||Pasadena, Texas, United States|
|Win||2–1||Ryan Martinez||TKO (punches)||Fight to Win/King of Champions: Worlds Collide||July 24, 2010||2||1:03||Denver, Colorado, United States|
|Loss||1–1||Shawn Jordan||Decision (unanimous)||Cajun Fighting Championships: Full Force||June 25, 2010||3||5:00||Lafayette, Louisiana, United States|
|Win||1–0||Nick Mitchell||TKO (punches)||Worldwide Gladiator||April 9, 2010||2||1:33||Pasadena, Texas, United States|
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