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Derrick Lewis
Derrick Lewis after UFC 239.jpg
Lewis interviewed after UFC 229 in 2018
BornNew Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Other namesThe Black Beast
ResidenceCypress, Texas, U.S.
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight265 lb (120 kg; 18 st 13 lb)
DivisionHeavyweight (265 lbs)
Reach79 in (201 cm)[1]
Fighting out ofHouston, Texas, U.S.
TeamSilverback Fight Club (formerly)
4oz Fight Club
RankBlue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu[3]
Years active2010–present (MMA)
Mixed martial arts record
Total37
Wins26
By knockout21
By submission1
By decision4
Losses10
By knockout7
By submission1
By decision2
No contests1
Amateur record
Total1
Wins1
By knockout1
Other information
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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] 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.[6]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Lewis faced Tony Johnson at Bellator 46 on June 25, 2011.[10] He lost the bout via unanimous decision.[11]

Lewis compiled a record of 6–0 with one no-contest after leaving Bellator, 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.[12] However, the bout was canceled as Lewis had to pull out due to an injury.[13]

Lewis instead made his debut at UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne on April 19, 2014, against Jack May.[14] He won via TKO in the first round.[15]

In his second fight for the promotion, Lewis faced Guto Inocente at The Ultimate Fighter 19 Finale on July 6, 2014.[16] He won the fight via KO in the first round.[17]

Lewis faced Matt Mitrione on September 5, 2014, at UFC Fight Night 50.[18] Mitrione quickly defeated Lewis via first-round knockout.[19]

Lewis faced Ruan Potts on February 28, 2015, at UFC 184.[20] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.[21]

Lewis next had a rematch with Shawn Jordan on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68.[22] In their first encounter on the regional circuit in 2010, Lewis lost by unanimous decision.[23] Lewis lost the fight via TKO.[24]

Lewis was expected to face Anthony Hamilton on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192.[25] However, Hamilton was forced out of the bout with an injury and replaced by Viktor Pešta.[26] He won the fight via TKO in the third round.[27]

Lewis faced Damian Grabowski on February 6, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 82.[28] Lewis dominated the fight, winning via TKO in the first round.[29]

Lewis next faced Gabriel Gonzaga on April 10, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 86.[30] He won via KO in the first round.[31] Subsequently, Lewis earned his first Performance of the Night bonus.[32]

Lewis faced Roy Nelson on July 7, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 90, winning by split decision.[33]

Lewis was expected to face Marcin Tybura on October 15, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 97.[34] However, the promotion announced on October 6 that they had cancelled the event entirely.[35][36]

Lewis faced Shamil Abdurakhimov on December 9, 2016, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 102.[37] After losing the first three rounds, he won the fight by TKO in the fourth round.[38]

Lewis faced Travis Browne on February 19, 2017, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 105.[39] He won the fight via knockout in the second round.[40] Both participants were awarded Fight of the Night for their performance.[41]

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.[42] Despite the loss, the win earned Lewis his second consecutive Fight of the Night bonus award.[43] After the loss, during his post-fight interview, Lewis announced that he was likely retiring from mixed martial arts.[44] Later in the month, Lewis revealed that he ultimately decided to continue fighting.[45]

Lewis was expected to face Fabrício Werdum on October 7, 2017, at UFC 216.[46] On the day of the fight, Lewis was forced out of the bout due to a back injury.[47]

Lewis faced Marcin Tybura on February 18, 2018, at UFC Fight Night 126.[48] He won the fight via technical knockout.[49] This win earned him the Performance of the Night bonus.[50]

Lewis faced Francis Ngannou on July 7, 2018, at UFC 226.[51] 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.[52] 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.[53] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[54]

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.[55]

Lewis signed a new contract with the UFC after the title shot.[56] 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.[57] He lost the fight via TKO in the second round.[58] This fight earned him the Fight of the Night award.[59]

Lewis faced Blagoy Ivanov on November 2, 2019 at UFC 244.[60] He won the fight via split decision.[61]

Lewis faced Ilir Latifi on February 8, 2020 at UFC 247.[62] He won the bout via unanimous decision.[63]

Lewis faced Alexey Oleynik on August 8, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 174.[64] He won the bout via TKO early in round two. Lewis also set the record for most knockouts by a heavyweight in UFC history.[65]

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.[66] The pair faced off at UFC Fight Night 185 on February 20, 2021.[67] Lewis won the fight via knockout in the second round.[68] This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.[69]

Lewis faced Ciryl Gane on August 7, 2021 at UFC 265 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship.[70] Lewis lost the fight via technical knockout in round three.[71]

Lewis faced Chris Daukaus on December 18, 2021 at UFC Fight Night 199.[72] Lewis won the fight via knockout in the first round.[73] 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".[74]

Lewis faced Tai Tuivasa on February 12, 2022 at UFC 271 in Houston, Texas.[75] Lewis lost the fight via elbow strike in the second round.[76]

Lewis faced Sergei Pavlovich on July 30, 2022 at UFC 277.[77] 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.[78][79][80][81] Lewis received Crypto.com "Fan Bonus of the Night" awards paid in bitcoin of US$10,000 for third place.[82]

Lewis is next expected to face Sergey Spivak at UFC Fight Night 215 on November 19, 2022.[83]

Fighting style[edit]

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."[84]

Lewis greatly prefers stand-up fighting, which he refers to as "swangin' and banging",[85] 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'.[86] 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.[87][88]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis married his long-time girlfriend in Honolulu, Hawaii, on June 17, 2017. They have two sons and one daughter.[5]

During the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Lewis pulled an estimated 100 people from the flood waters in Houston, Texas via his lifted truck.[89]

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.[90]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
37 matches 26 wins 10 losses
By knockout 21 7
By submission 1 1
By decision 4 2
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
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

[98]

Pay-per-view bouts[edit]

No. Event Fight Venue City PPV Buys
1. UFC 230 Cormier vs. Lewis Madison Square Garden New York City, New York 250,000[99]

See also[edit]

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