Derrick Lewis, the hard-hitting heavyweight sensation known as ‘The Black Beast,’ is making headlines in and out of the Octagon. Just days before his highly anticipated showdown with Jailton Almeida at UFC Sao Paulo, Lewis found himself in hot water after being caught driving a stunning 86mph over the speed limit in Houston, Texas.
The 38-year-old fighter, a fan favorite and the record holder for the most UFC knockouts was racing down the streets of his hometown in a red Lamborghini at an astonishing 136mph in a 50mph zone. Lewis was also seen recklessly weaving in and out of traffic before being pulled over by a police officer he had just overtaken.
Local news outlets report that Lewis was detained and subsequently released on a $100 personal recognizance bond, but the repercussions of his high-speed joyride may linger. Court records state that Lewis displayed a “wilful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property by driving at a high rate of speed and changing lanes in an unsafe manner.” If convicted, Lewis could face up to 30 days in jail and a fine of up to $200.
Despite his recent legal troubles, Derrick Lewis has flown to Brazil to compete in his upcoming MMA fight. He was called in as a late replacement opponent after Curtis Blaydes was injured and had to withdraw from the card just three weeks ago. Lewis’s last fight ended his three-fight losing streak when he knocked out Marcos Rogério de Lima with a flying knee and follow-up punches in July.
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Nevertheless, Lewis isn’t thrilled about the fight in Brazil. He shared his frustration with UFC CEO Dana White, saying, “We would be calling the UFC for a while trying to get a fight before the year was out, but they kept saying everything was booked up. Then a few weeks ago, we got a call about this guy Almeida, and I just agreed immediately. Undiscovered to me, the fight was scheduled to take place in Brazil. It was only after accepting that they told me. I would always say to my manager I would never fight in Brazil because of the taxes being so bad. So, I got tricked into accepting this fight. I wouldn’t have taken it. Not at all. I said I didn’t want to fight here, and since arriving, nothing has changed. I can’t wait to go home.”
As Derrick Lewis gears up for his about with Jailton Almeida, fans are eager to see if his speed in the cage will match his recent escapades on the Houston streets. The upcoming fight promises to be a thrilling showdown in the world of mixed martial arts. Stay tuned for updates on Lewis’s legal situation and his upcoming fight at UFC Sao Paulo.
From my perspective, in a surprising turn of events, Derrick Lewis, the powerhouse of the UFC, has found himself in legal trouble just days before his highly anticipated fight in Brazil. Caught speeding at a mind-boggling 136mph in a 50mph zone in his hometown of Houston, Texas, Lewis’s reckless driving led to his arrest and subsequent release on a $100 bond. While his legal situation is currently in question, the ‘Black Beast’ is determined to put up a strong performance in the octagon. Lewis was called in as a late replacement opponent, and despite his initial reluctance to fight in Brazil due to tax concerns, he now finds himself locked in for a showdown. Fans eagerly await the upcoming bout, wondering if the intensity he displayed on the streets of Houston will translate to the cage. Derrick Lewis remains a captivating figure both in and out of the ring, and this incident only adds to the intrigue surrounding his fights.