Derrick Lewis

Derrick Lewis

Full NameDerrick Lewis

BornFebruary 7, 1985

Height6 ft 3 in



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.

  1. Early Life and Career
  2. Derrick Lewis UFC
  3. Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane
  4. Derrick Lewis Career Stats
  5. Derrick Lewis Last Fight
  6. Derrick Lewis Next Fight
  7. Derrick Lewis Record

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Early Life and Career

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.

UFC 265: Lewis v Gane

Derrick Lewis Career Stats

Current Status:

Derrick Lewis's current record stands at 25-8 (1). He is on a 1-fight losing streaking in the UFC.


MatchesWinsLossesDrawsNo Contest

Wins by KO/TKO:

  1. 20

Wins by Submission:

  1. 1

Wins by Decision:

  1. 4

Current Titles:

  1. None


  1. 79 in (201cm)


  1. 265 lb / 120 kg

Weight Class:

  1. Heavyweight

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

Loss25 -8 (1)Ciryl GaneTKO (punches)UFC 26507/08/2021
Win25-7 (1)Curtis BlaydesKO (punch)UFC Fight Night: Blaydes vs. Lewis20/02/2021
Win24-7 (1)Aleksei OleinikTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Oleinik08/08/2020
Win23-7 (1)Ilir LatifiDecision (unanimous)UFC 24708/02/2020
Win22-7 (1)Blagoy IvanovDecision (split)UFC 24402/11/2019
Loss21-7 (1)Junior dos SantosTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. dos Santos09/03/2019
Loss21-6 (1)Daniel CormierSubmission (rear-naked choke)UFC 23003/11/2018
Win21-5 (1)Alexander VolkovKO (punches)UFC 22906/10/2016
Win20-5 (1)Francis NgannouDecision (unanimous)UFC 22607/07/2018
Win19-5 (1)Marcin TyburaTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Medeiros18/02/2018
Loss18-5 (1)Mark HuntTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Hunt11/06/2017
Win18-4 (1)Travis BrowneKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Browne19/02/2017
Win17-4 (1)Shamil AbdurakhimovTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs. Abdurakhimov09/12/2016
Win16-4 (1)Roy NelsonDecision (split)UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez07/07/2016
Win15-4 (1)Gabriel GonzagaKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Rothwell vs. dos Santos10/04/2016
Win14-4 (1)Damian GrabowskiTKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Hendricks vs. Thompson06/02/2016
Win13-4 (1)Viktor PeštaTKO (punches)UFC 19203/10/2015
Loss12-4 (1)Shawn JordanTKO (hook kick and punches)UFC Fight Night: Boetsch vs. Henderson06/06/2015
Win12-3 (1)Ruan PottsTKO (punches)UFC 18428/02/2015
Loss11-3 (1)Matt MitrioneKO (punches)UFC Fight Night: Jacare vs. Mousasi05/09/2014
Win11-2 (1)Guto InocenteKO (punches)The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn Finale06/07/2014
Win10-2 (1)Jack MayTKO (punches)UFC on Fox: Werdum vs. Browne19/04/2014
Win9-2 (1)Ricky ShiversTKO (punches)Legacy FC 1301/03/2013
Win8-2 (1)Jared RosholtKO (punches)Legacy FC 1317/08/2012
Win7-2 (1)Justin FrazierTKO (knee to the body and punches)RFA 1230/03/2012
NC6-2 (1)Jeremiah ConstantNC (punches to back of head)Fight To Win: Paramount Prize Fighting 201227/01/2012
Win6-2Rakim ClevelandTKO (punches)Legacy FC 916/12/2011
Win5-2Jay PecheTKO (punches)Immortal Kombat Fighting03/09/2011
Loss4-2Tony JohnsonDecision (unanimous)Bellator 4625/06/2011
Win4-1Taylor HerbertTKO (punches)International Xtreme Fight Association26/02/2011
Win3-1Rakim ClevelandSubmission (armbar)Worldwide Gladiator12/11/2010
Win2-1Ryan MartinezTKO (punches)Fight to Win/King of Champions: Worlds Collide24/07/2010
Loss1-1Shawn JordanDecision (unanimous)Cajun Fighting Championships: Full Force25/06/2010
Win1-0Nick MitchellTKO (punches)Worldwide Gladiator09/04/2010

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