Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis is the current #3 ranked UFC Heavyweight Fighter with a professional MMA record of 25-wins, 8-losses, and 1-NC. Lewis has a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is a former Legacy FC Heavyweight Champion.
Derrick Lewis started his combat sports journey at age 17 in boxing.
Lewis was sentenced to 5-years in prison and served 3-years and 6-months of the sentence before getting a leave. After his release, Derrick picked up Mix Martial Arts along with boxing.
Lewis made his amateur debut in 2009 at LSAMMA against Jay Ross. Derrick lost the fight via TKO but bounced back to win his next fight against Tim Buchanan at USACA. Following this victory, Derrick turned professional.
He made his professional debut against Nick Mitchell at WG. Derrick outstruck Mitchell and knocked him out in the 2nd round via punches. Lewis was unable to maintain the momentum as he lost to Shawn Jordan in his next fight at GFA 7. Derrick went on a 3-fight win streak after the loss and got signed with Bellator in 2011. Lewis fought Tony Johson at Bellator 46 and lost via unanimous decision in his first and only Bellator fight.
Lewis went 3-0-1 in his next 4-fights to get a title shot at the Legacy FC Heavyweight Championship against Jared Rosholt. Derrick KO'ed Jared in the last minute of the 2nd-round to win the title. He defended it once against Ricky Shivers before leaving the promotion to join the UFC in 2014.
Derrick Lewis UFC
Derrick Lewis made his UFC debut against Jack May at UFC on FOX: Werdum vs. Browne.Lewis TKO'ed May in the first round. He repeated the performance in his next fight and TKO'ed Guto Inocente at the TUF 19 Finale.
Derrick got knocked out in his fight against Matt Mitrione in 41 seconds via KO. He went 1-1 in his next 2-fights before getting back his momentum and went on a 6-fight win streak. Lewis's streak ended at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt. Hunt TKO'ed Lewis in the 4th round and shared the Fight of the Night bonus with Derrick.
Lewis went back on a 3-fight win streak and defeated the likes of Francis Ngannou and Alexander Volkov to get a title shot at the UFC Heavyweight Championship against Daniel Cormier. Cormier outwrestled Lewis in the bout and submitted him in the second round via rear-naked choke. Lewis then lost his next bout to Junior dos Santos via TKO.
Derrick showed his tenacity in his next fights to amass a winning streak of 4-0 to get an interim UFC Heavyweight Championship against Ciryl Gane. Ciryl Gane used his range and advanced Muay Thai skills to outclass Lewis and used him as a striking canvas before TKO'ing him in the 3rd round.
Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane
Derrick Lewis fought Ciryl Gane at UFC 265 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Lewis's lack of technical striking was visible in the fight as Gane used his advanced Muay Thai skills to attack Lewis from range and avoid any close-range exchanges inside the pocket.
Lewis was defensive throughout the fight and tried to get in range but failed every time. His body gave up from the 100-plus strikes punishment and, Lewis fell in the third round after a few clean long-range punches landed on his head.
This was the 8th loss of Lewis's career.
Derrick Lewis Career Stats
Derrick Lewis's current record stands at 25-8 (1). He is on a 1-fight losing streaking in the UFC.
Wins by KO/TKO:
Wins by Submission:
Wins by Decision:
79 in (201cm)
265 lb / 120 kg
Derrick Lewis Last Fight
Derrick Lewis's last fight was against Ciryl Gane at UFC 265 for the Interim UFC Heavyweight Championship. Lewis lost the fight via 3rd round TKO.
Derrick Lewis Next Fight
Derrick Lewis is scheduled to fight Chris Daukaus at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Daukaus.
Derrick Lewis Record
Below is the professional MMA record of Derrick Lewis