Derrick Lewis is known as an African American professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. He is most famous for being a Legacy FC heavyweight champion.
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Background and Age
Derrick James Lewis was born on February 7, 1985 in New Orleans, LA. He had a tough youth and had been battling for his entire early life. He was regularly associated with street fights. Lewis was highly athletic in high school and played football. A couple of years after his family moved to Houston, Texas in 1999, he started preparing and training in boxing yet before he could have his first official battle, the exercise center he was preparing in shut down. As though that wasn't sufficient to discourage from his fantasies, two weeks after he graduated from high school, he was accused of an assault and was put on probation.
Following his high school graduation, he was enrolled in Kilgore college on a full athletic scholarship however would drop out after just a year as he disregarded his earlier probation. Subsequently, he was condemned to five years in jail however he eventually served just three and a half. Not long after he was released, he was acquainted with mixed martial arts by a companion who knew how he wanted to battle. Lewis considered it to be a simple method to profit and grasped it completely.
While working as a tow truck driver, he proceeded with boxing training under the tutelage of the former professional fighter, George Foreman. In spite of the fact that he was en route to turning into a pro boxer, he experienced passionate feelings for MMA and decided to change course.
Career and Net Worth
Derrick Lewis made his UFC debut on April 19, 2014, in a battle against a fellow newcomer, Jack May who he scored a TKO triumph over in the first round. From that point forward, it has been a series of triumphs for the Black Beast. One of his notable defeats was to Francis Ngannou on July 7, 2018. Before that bout, he was tormented with back agony that has not just hampered his performance but his confidence.
Lewis' preferred striking strategy is the head kick. He has held three titles, including the Legacy Fighting Championship Heavyweight Champion.
Lewis was booked to confront Blagoy Ivanov on November 2, 2019, at UFC 244. Lewis ended up winning the fight after a three round decision was awarded to him.
Marriage, Wife and Kids
Lewis is married to his long-lasting sweetheart and wife, April. The couple tied the wedding knot on June 17, 2017, in Hawaii. They have three children together, a young little girl and two young boys.
Last Modified: Aug 4, 2020