Derrick Lewis (fighter)

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Derrick Lewis
Born Derrick James Lewis
(1985-02-07) February 7, 1985 (age 33)
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Other names The Black Beast
Residence Cypress, Texas, United States
Nationality American
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)[1]
Weight 264 lb (120 kg; 18 st 12 lb)
Division Heavyweight (205–265 Ib)
Reach 79 in (201 cm)[1]
Fighting out of Houston, Texas, United States
Team 4oz Fight Club
Years active 2010–present
Mixed martial arts record
Total 26
Wins 20
By knockout 17
By submission 1
By decision 2
Losses 5
By knockout 3
By decision 2
No contests 1
Amateur record
Total 2
Wins 1
By knockout 1
Losses 1
By knockout 1
Other information
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog

Derrick James Lewis[2] (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 March 16, 2017, he is #2 in official UFC Heavyweight rankings.

Background[edit]

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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[4]

Mixed martial arts career[edit]

Early career[edit]

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.[6]

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[edit]

Lewis was scheduled to make his promotional debut at Bellator 45 on May 21, 2011, against Brazilian Thiago Santos. However, the bout was cancelled when Santos had to pull out due to an injury.[7]

Lewis faced Tony Johnson at Bellator 46 on June 25, 2011.[8] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[9]

After leaving Bellator, Lewis compiled a record of 6-0 with one no contest, most notably winning and successfully defending the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship. He was then signed to the UFC.

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

Lewis was scheduled to make his promotional debut against Nandor Guelmino at UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann 2 on August 28, 2013.[10] However, the bout was cancelled as Lewis had to pull out due to an injury.[11]

Lewis instead made his debut at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne on April 19, 2014, against Jack May.[12] He won via TKO in the first round.[13]

In his second fight for the promotion, Lewis faced Guto Inocente at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, 2014.[14] He won the fight via KO in the first round.[15]

Lewis faced Matt Mitrione on September 5, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 50.[16] Mitrione quickly defeated Lewis via first-round knockout.[17]

Lewis faced Ruan Potts on February 28, 2015, at UFC 184.[18] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[19]

Lewis next had a rematch with Shawn Jordan on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68.[20] In their first encounter on the regional circuit in 2010, Lewis lost by unanimous decision.[21] Lewis lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[22]

Lewis was expected to face Anthony Hamilton on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192.[23] However, Hamilton was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Viktor Pešta.[24] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[25]

Lewis faced Damian Grabowski on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82.[26] Lewis dominated the fight, winning via TKO in the first round.[27]

Lewis next faced Gabriel Gonzaga on April 10, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 86.[28] He won via KO in the first round.[29] Subsequently, Lewis earned his first Performance of the Night bonus.[30]

Lewis faced Roy Nelson on July 7, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 90, winning by split decision.[31]

Lewis was expected to face Marcin Tybura on October 15, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 97.[32] However, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.[33][34]

Lewis faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on December 9, 2016, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 102.[35] After losing the first three rounds, he won the fight by TKO in the fourth round.[36]

Lewis faced Travis Browne on February 19, 2017, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 105.[37] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[38] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[39]

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.[40] Despite the loss, the win earned Lewis his second consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award.[41] After the loss, during his post-fight interview, Lewis announced that he was likely retiring from mixed martial arts.[42] Later in the month, Lewis revealed that he ultimately decided to continue fighting.[43]

Lewis was expected to face Fabrício Werdum on October 7, 2017 at UFC 216.[44] On the day of the fight, Lewis was forced out of the bout due to a back injury.[45]

Lewis faced Marcin Tybura on February 18, 2018 at UFC Fight Night 126.[46] He won the fight via technical knockout.[47] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[48]

Lewis faced Francis Ngannou on July 7, 2018 at UFC 226.[49] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[50]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis married his long-time girlfriend in Honolulu, Hawaii on June 17, 2017. The two have three children together: two boys, aged four and five, and a 13-year-old daughter.[3]

During the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Derrick Lewis pulled an estimated 100 people from the flood waters in Houston, Texas via his lifted Chevy truck.[51]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  51. ^ Rosenstein, Greg. "Derrick Lewis estimates he has helped save 100 people in Houston". espn.com. Retrieved 6 July 2018. 

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