Derrick Lewis: From Legal Turmoil to Reckless Driving Arrest – A Timeline of Legal Challenges


Derrick Lewis: From Legal Turmoil to Reckless Driving Arrest – A Timeline of Legal Challenges

Derrick Lewis, the UFC’s renowned Heavyweight fighter with an impressive record of 27-11 and 1 no-contest, has not only conquered opponents in the octagon but has also faced a series of legal challenges throughout his life. From a challenging upbringing to a recent arrest, Lewis’s journey to MMA stardom has been marked by resilience and determination.

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Derrick Lewis yells on the scale during the UFC 247 ceremonial weigh-in at Toyota Center on February 07, 2020 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lewis grew up as the second oldest of seven siblings, enduring a turbulent childhood that often saw him involved in street fights. In 1998, his family relocated to Houston, Texas, in search of a fresh start. Lewis’s transformation began at the age of 17 when he started boxing, aiming to escape the shadows of his troubled past. However, his dreams were abruptly stalled when the gym he was training at closed down unexpectedly.

Two weeks after high school graduation, Lewis’s life took a different turn as he faced charges of aggravated assault, leading to probation. Despite securing a full football scholarship at Kilgore College, he violated his probation, resulting in a five-year prison sentence. Remarkably, he served three and a half years of that sentence.

A week after his release from prison, Derrick Lewis had a chance encounter that would change the course of his life. A friend introduced him to mixed martial arts, and while working as a tow-truck driver, he continued his boxing training, now under the guidance of none other than legendary boxer George Foreman. Lewis quickly established his dominance in his first professional MMA fight and decided to focus on a career in mixed martial arts.

With an unrivaled knockout power, Derrick Lewis made his mark in the UFC, where he currently holds the record for the most knockouts in the promotion’s history with 14. His journey in the MMA world led him to become the #10 ranked fighter in the UFC heavyweight division as of July 25, 2023.

Derrick Lewis’ New Legal Challenge

Despite his professional successes, Derrick Lewis recently found himself facing legal issues once again. On November 1, 2023, Lewis was arrested in Texas on suspicion of reckless driving, a misdemeanor charge. According to Harris County court records, he was alleged to have driven his car “unlawfully and recklessly” at an excessively high speed, displaying a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property.” The incident occurred in a 50 mph zone, with Lewis reportedly driving at an astonishing 136 mph in a red Lamborghini.

Remarkably, this arrest did not deter Lewis from his UFC commitments. He remained focused on his scheduled fight against Jailton Almeida in the UFC Fight Night main event in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Despite the legal setback, he has continued to participate in fight week activities and remains determined to showcase his fighting prowess in the octagon.

As of now, no official comment has been provided by Derrick Lewis’s attorney regarding the allegations. This arrest serves as a new chapter in the life of a fighter who has faced adversity head-on, both inside and outside the octagon. Derrick Lewis’s remarkable journey reflects his tenacity, resilience, and unwavering commitment to chasing his dreams, no matter the challenges that come his way.

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