Derrick Lewis believes he's no hero following Hurricane Harvey efforts

Derrick Lewis stops Ruan Potts at UFC 184. (Getty Pictures)

In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey devastated the state of Texas: killing 103 individuals, leaving 50,000 houses broken whereas destroying greater than 1,000.

Within the Houston space alone, over 30 inches of rain pounded the town, together with 14.four inches falling over a two-day span. First responders rescued individuals throughout Houston, however residents, celebrities and athletes determined to take issues into their very own arms and assist out their very own.

Amongst these athletes, seventh-ranked UFC heavyweight and Houston native Derrick Lewis sprung into motion. When individuals began noticing what Lewis was doing, about 20 others joined him. Lewis and his friends would drive across the space in his Chevy pickup truck on the lookout for individuals to rescue from their houses. Lewis estimates he rescued roughly one hundred individuals.

“The primary day it was me and my neighbor,” Lewis advised Sporting Information. “Then after that, it was me and my good friend. Everybody began to see what I used to be doing in order that they needed to assist me and help. We couldn’t do anything.

“All I used to be doing was sitting in the home. I felt like I wanted to do one thing and assist individuals. It was simply contagious and needed to assist everybody in Houston.” 

Lewis was scheduled to battle former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 216 on Oct. 7, and admits he did not practice for 10 days. He ready for the struggle by doing three-a-days, however the bout was canceled as a consequence of Lewis’ recurring again points.

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It was for the higher, as going into battle versus Werdum wasn’t as necessary as serving to the individuals of Houston.

“(Laughs) I’m a caring man,” Lewis stated. “I take into consideration myself final. I’ve all the time been like that. So long as my youngsters and household are taken care of, I actually don’t care about myself. I believed the individuals in Houston wanted me greater than I wanted to be within the fitness center. That’s what I did and that’s what I felt I wanted to do. The individuals have been extra necessary than heading to health club to organize for a struggle.”

Taking a look at all the things he is finished for Houston makes Lewis a hero, however the “Black Beast” does not need to hear any such speak.

“Under no circumstances,” Lewis said. “I don’t contemplate myself a hero. I don’t need individuals to name me a hero both. I’m doing stuff that I consider is true. I consider doing the proper factor goes out and serving to individuals.” 

Steven Muehlhausen is an MMA and boxing author and contributor for Sporting Information. You possibly can take heed to his podcast, “The Struggle Membership Chicago,” right here . You’ll be able to e mail him at and may discover him on Twitter @SMuehlhausenMMA .