Why is Derrick Lewis called the Black Beast?

Last Modified May 9, 2024 02:32 GMT
Derrick Lewis Nickname
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Derrick Lewis, also known as 'The Black Beast,' is a heavyweight contender in the UFC. He boasts a remarkable record of 27 wins, 12 losses, and 1 no-contest, with a staggering 14 knockout victories in the UFC, a record yet to be beaten. His journey to success began when he clinched the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship by defeating Jared Rosholt on August 17, 2012.


Born on February 7, 1985, and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lewis faced challenges growing up, often finding himself in street fights. One such altercation led to his imprisonment, where he served three and a half years of a five-year sentence before being granted parole. Despite the tough upbringing, Lewis views his time behind bars as a turning point, crediting it with igniting his passion for combat sports and setting him on the path to his UFC career.


Currently ranked #12 in the UFC heavyweight division, Lewis is renowned for his knockout power, captivating fighting style, and charismatic personality, making him a fan favorite and a major heavyweight draw for the promotion. Lewis’ next bout is against Rodrigo Nascimento at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Nascimento on May 11, 2024.


Derrick Lewis Nickname

Derrick Lewis is nicknamed ‘The Black Beast’. Back in 2010, after defeating Nick Mitchell in his MMA debut via a second-round TKO, Lewis was first called “The Black Beast.” Although there isn’t much information about why he chose this nickname, Lewis embodies the ferocity and power associated with a beast when he steps inside the octagon.


Also Read: What is Derrick Lewis' UFC record?


Derrick Lewis UFC Knockouts

Derrick ‘The Black Beast’ Lewis holds an impressive record of being the fighter with the most KO victories since UFC’s inception. He has knocked out his opponents a whopping 14 times throughout his UFC career.


RecordOpponentMethodEventDateRoundTimeLocation
27–11 (1)Marcos Rogério de LimaTKO (punches)UFC 291July 29, 202310:33Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
26–8 (1)Chris DaukausKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. DaukausDecember 18, 202113:36Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
25–7 (1)Curtis BlaydesKO (punch)UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. LewisFebruary 20, 202121:26Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
24–7 (1)Aleksei OleinikTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. OleinikAugust 8, 202020:21Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
21–5 (1)Alexander VolkovKO (punches)UFC 229October 6, 201834:49Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
19–5 (1)Marcin TyburaKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. MedeirosFebruary 18, 201832:48Austin, Texas, United States
18–4 (1)Travis BrowneKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. BrowneFebruary 19, 201723:12Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
17–4 (1)Shamil AbdurakhimovTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. AbdurakhimovDecember 9, 201643:42Albany, New York, United States
15–4 (1)Gabriel GonzagaKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos SantosApril 10, 201614:48Zagreb, Croatia
14–4 (1)Damian GrabowskiTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. ThompsonFebruary 6, 201612:17Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
13–4 (1)Viktor PeštaTKO (punches)UFC 192October 3, 201531:15Houston, Texas, United States
12–3 (1)Ruan PottsTKO (punches)UFC 184February 28, 201523:18Los Angeles, California, United States
11–2 (1)Guto InocenteKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn FinaleJuly 6, 201413:30Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
10–2 (1)Jack MayTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. BrowneApril 19, 201414:23Orlando, Florida, United States




Last Updated On May 9, 2024

FAQs

A. Derrick Lewis is nicknamed ‘The Black Beast’.

A. Derrick Lewis holds the record for the most KO wins in the UFC with 14 KOs.

A. Derrick Lewis’ next fight is scheduled against Rodrigo Nascimento on May 11, 2024.

A. In his last weigh-in, Lewis weighed 264 lbs or 120 kg.

A. Derrick Lewis hails from New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.

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