UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis is a scary dude in the octagon, but in one of the better feel-good stories of late, the Houston native has been lending a hand in his home town, aiding victims of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey has brought heavy rains and intense flooding, with numerous people getting caught up in unexpectedly deep, fast flowing water. That has caused Lewis to pitch in, doing what he can to help those in need. That includes using his truck to tow some out of trouble. Monday, he posted a number of videos to his official Twitter and Instagram accounts showing the effects of the hurricane and his efforts.
He also spoke to MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “My family is good, my neighborhood is dry, I mean, it’s raining but there is no flood or anything like that” he said, but added that “outside of my neighborhood, everyone is going through a tough time, right now, I’m waiting for an elderly couple to get on the back of my truck as we speak.”
It feels good to help people pic.twitter.com/RtyYIkdGor
— Derrick Lewis (@Thebeast_ufc) August 28, 2017
Lewis (18–5 (1)) is coming off a loss to Mark Hunt in June, after which he briefly flirted with retirement. However, he was pulled back into the fight game shortly after, and will face former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 216 in October.
UFC 216 takes place October 7 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. For now, however, Lewis is focused on his community.