|Born||New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.|
|Other names||The Black Beast|
|Residence||Cypress, Texas, U.S.|
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)|
|Division||Heavyweight (265 lbs)|
|Reach||79 in (201 cm)|
|Fighting out of||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Team||Silverback Fight Club (formerly) |
4oz Fight Club
|Rank||Blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu|
|Years active||2010–present (MMA)|
|Mixed martial arts record|
|Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog|
Derrick Lewis is an American professional mixed martial artist. He currently competes in the Heavyweight division in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he currently holds the record for most knockouts in UFC history. A professional competitor since 2010, Lewis has also competed for Bellator MMA and Legacy FC, where he was the Heavyweight Champion. As of August 1, 2022, he is #7 in the UFC heavyweight rankings.
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 1998, 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 canceled 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.
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 Francis Ngannou on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226. He won the fight by unanimous decision, but the fight itself was heavily criticized for the lack of action in both fighters with Lewis only landing 20 strikes, and Ngannou landing 11.
Lewis faced Alexander Volkov on October 6, 2018, at UFC 229. After being behind on the judges' scorecards and visibly hurt multiple times, Lewis won the fight via knockout in the closing seconds of the third round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Lewis faced Daniel Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship on November 3, 2018, at UFC 230. He lost the fight by rear-naked choke in the second round, marking the first time he's been submitted in a professional MMA fight.
Lewis signed a new contract with the UFC after the title shot. As the first fight of his new contract, Lewis faced Junior dos Santos in the main event of UFC Fight Night 146 on March 9, 2019. He lost the fight via TKO in the second round. This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.
Lewis was scheduled to face Curtis Blaydes on November 28, 2020 at UFC on ESPN: Blaydes vs. Lewis. However, the day before the fight, Blaydes tested positive for COVID-19 and the bout was scrapped from the card. The pair faced off at UFC Fight Night 185 on February 20, 2021. Lewis won the fight via knockout in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Lewis faced Chris Daukaus on December 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 199. Lewis won the fight via knockout in the first round. With his knockout win over Daukaus, Lewis earned the record for the most knockouts in UFC history regardless of weight division, with 13 altogether. When asked by Michael Bisping in his UFC Fight Night 199 Octagon interview, how he felt about achieving the record, Lewis replied "I’m feeling good, and I’m also happy that I’m the first fighter, clean fighter, to be number one in knockouts".
Lewis faced Sergei Pavlovich on July 30, 2022 at UFC 277. He lost the fight via TKO, just 55 seconds into the first round, however there was controversy as the stoppage by referee Dan Miragliotta was considered premature by fighters and fans alike. Lewis received Crypto.com "Fan Bonus of the Night" awards paid in bitcoin of US$10,000 for third place.
Lewis has been characterized as a 'classic heavyweight' owing to his knockout power and physique. Former welterweight title contender and analyst Dan Hardy described him as a "wrecking ball", adding "Every time we've spoken about Derrick Lewis before, regardless of whether he's fighting Daniel Cormier, or whether he's fighting Volkov, or whether he's fighting Ciryl Gane, the same thing is always present. If he lands that right hand, it's game over."
Lewis greatly prefers stand-up fighting, which he refers to as "swangin' and banging", and has been noted by fans and commentators for his surprising ability to seemingly shrug off the grappling/wrestling offense of his opponents while in the bottom position, and simply 'stand up'. However, analysts have noted that when facing fighters with a background in folkstyle wrestling, such as Daniel Cormier, Lewis finds it more difficult to escape the bottom position. Nonetheless, Lewis appeared to simply 'standup' when threatened with a crucifix position by Roy Nelson, a fighter with a wrestling pedigree.
On May 18, 2021, Lewis was returning to his car after a workout when he discovered a man allegedly trying to open the door of his vehicle. Lewis reportedly struck the alleged thief and pinned him to the ground until the police arrived.
Championships and accomplishments
- Ultimate Fighting Championship
- Most knockouts in UFC history (13)
- Most knockouts in UFC Heavyweight history (13)
- Tied for most finishes in UFC Heavyweight division history (13) (tied with Frank Mir)
- Performance of the Night (Four times) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, Marcin Tybura, Alexander Volkov and Curtis Blaydes
- Fight of the Night (Three times) vs. Travis Browne, Mark Hunt, and Junior dos Santos 
- Legacy Fighting Championship
- Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- One successful title defense
- Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship (One time)
- 2018 Comeback of the Year.
Mixed martial arts record
|Professional record breakdown|
|37 matches||26 wins||10 losses|
|Loss||26–10 (1)||Sergei Pavlovich||TKO (punches)||UFC 277||July 30, 2022||1||0:55||Dallas, Texas, United States|
|Loss||26–9 (1)||Tai Tuivasa||KO (elbow)||UFC 271||February 12, 2022||2||1:40||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||26–8 (1)||Chris Daukaus||KO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus||December 18, 2021||1||3:36||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Broke the UFC record for most knockout wins (13).|
|Loss||25–8 (1)||Ciryl Gane||TKO (punches)||UFC 265||August 7, 2021||3||4:11||Houston, Texas, United States||For the interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|Win||25–7 (1)||Curtis Blaydes||KO (punch)||UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis||February 20, 2021||2||1:26||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Performance of the Night.|
|Win||24–7 (1)||Alexey Oleynik||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik||August 8, 2020||2||0:21||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||23–7 (1)||Ilir Latifi||Decision (unanimous)||UFC 247||February 8, 2020||3||5:00||Houston, Texas, United States|
|Win||22–7 (1)||Blagoy Ivanov||Decision (split)||UFC 244||November 2, 2019||3||5:00||New York City, New York, United States|
|Loss||21–7 (1)||Junior dos Santos||TKO (punches)||UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos||March 9, 2019||2||1:58||Wichita, Kansas, United States||Fight of the Night.|
|Loss||21–6 (1)||Daniel Cormier||Submission (rear-naked choke)||UFC 230||November 3, 2018||2||2:14||New York City, New York, United States||For the UFC Heavyweight Championship.|
|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 7, 2018||3||5:00||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||19–5 (1)||Marcin Tybura||KO (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: Jacaré 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)||Justin Frazier||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 (accidental strikes to back of Constant's 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|
|1.||UFC 230||Cormier vs. Lewis||Madison Square Garden||New York City, New York||250,000|
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