Derrick Lewis isn’t called The Black Beast for nothing. Ever since UFC 192, he tore through the heavyweight division and even beat the likes of Roy Nelson and Travis Browne, before eventually losing to Mark Hunt. His next fight will be a high-profile bout against Fabricio Werdum, but it’s not the fight that everyone is talking about. Instead, the Lewis news that’s going around everywhere is his valiant efforts to help with the severe flooding in Texas.
“First of all, me and my wife was watching the news and we heard that the officers are not going to be going out. The only way that they’re going to be going out is life or death situations. I seen that and I really didn’t like that so I went out and tried to help as many people as I can.”
— Greg Rosenstein (@grosenstein) August 30, 2017
— Chase Sherman (@ChaseShermanUFC) August 28, 2017
“Especially yesterday, it was like early morning, like around 8 o’ clock AM all the way to maybe 10PM. I’d say [I’ve helped] over 100 people. Last night, we heard that Beaumont got hit pretty bad too. They’re a few miles away from Houston and a couple of buddies of mine, right now we are cooking, we barbecuing, and getting everything prepared to head out that way.” — Derrick Lewis speaking to SportsCenter.
Wow, Derrick Lewis has potentially saved over a hundred lives with his pick-up truck and shows no signs of slowing down yet. Hopefully, he helps as many people as he can and comes out unscathed himself. Lewis faces Fabricio Weridum in the co-main event of UFC 216 on October 7th.
Ways to help:
• NFL superstar J.J. Watt has created a Houston Floor Relief fund, which has already raised nearly $5 million.
• The Salvation Army in Houston has set up a disaster relief microsite. To donate, call 1-800-725-2769 or text STORM to 51555.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 8/30/2017.