Derrick (James) Lewis was born on February 7, 1985, in the United States Louisiana. In 2010 he became a professional competitor in the Heavyweight division in the most popular MMA organization – Ultimate Fighting Championship. Besides the UFC he also fought in a few different organizations such as Legacy FC and Bellator MMA where he was the champion in the heavyweight division.
Currently, he is one of the top contenders for the UFC heavyweight championship having respectable victories over fighters such as Gabriel Gonzaga, Alexander Volkov, Roy Nelson, and Travis Browne.
Height: 6’ 3” (190cm)
Weight: 260lb (118kg)
Professional Score: 21-5-0
Even from a young age, he was troublesome and he likes to fight a lot. He was often involved in street fighting. At the age of 17, he started boxing and soonly after he was already preparing for his first amateur fight but due to some unknown reasons the gym where he was training shut down and the match was canceled. On one occasion he was on probation being charged with aggravated assault. After finishing high school he was accepted in the Kilgore College on a full scholarship for football. He was a big guy even then and he really liked aggressive sports. But sometimes he couldn’t control himself so he was sentenced to five years in prison cause of the violation of his probation. Soonly after he got released he was introduced to mixed martial arts and he immediately knew that that was his thing. Without a problem, he won his first professional mixed martial arts fight and he 100% decided to leave boxing and to stick with MMA.
Before he attended the UFC his first debut fight at Bellator was supposed to be versus Thiago Santos but the fight got canceled due to injury. Eager to fight he accepted the very next fighter available that being Tony Johnson at Bellator 46 on June 25, 2011. He lost the fight via unanimous decision. He had more luck in Legacy FC where he compiled a record of 6-0 where he was the Heavyweight Champion. After his amazing performance, he was spotted and brought to the UFC.
Derrick’s debut fight in the UFC was on April 19, 2014, where he fought against Jack May where he won in the very first round via TKO. Going through the UFC he faced many tough guys, knocking the majority of them in the first two rounds. Now all that is left is to face the raining Heavyweight Champion Daniel Cormier on November 3 in UFC 230.