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Derrick Lewis arrested for driving Lamborghini 86mph over speed limit days before UFC fight

Derrick Lewis has been charged with dangerous driving.

On October 25, just days before his fight with streaking heavyweight contender Jailton Almeida at UFC Sao Paulo this weekend, ‘The Black Beast’ was caught driving 86mph over the speed limit in Houston, Texas.

Lewis' joyride made the news in his hometown


Lewis’ joyride made the news in his hometownCredit: ABC13

The 38-year-old was going 136mph in a 50mph zone while weaving in and out of traffic in his red Lamborghini before being pulled over by a police officer he had just whizzed past.

Lewis was detained and later released on a $100 personal recognizance bond.

According to court records, he drove with ‘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.’

The man who holds the record for most UFC knockouts is due in court on December 27 and faces up to 30 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $200 if convicted.


Lewis has since flown out to Brazil ahead of his latest fight in MMA’s premier promotion.

The UFC fan favourite was drafted in as a late-replacement opponent after Curtis Blaydes got injured and fell off the card three weeks ago.

Lewis hasn’t fought since snapping a three-fight losing streak by knocking out Marcos Rogério de Lima with a flying knee and follow-up punches in July.

Despite pestering UFC CEO Dana White for a fight before the end of 2023, Lewis is unhappy about facing Almeida and feels he’s been duped into competing in a country he wanted to avoid.

'The Black Beast' shared  a clip of him speeding on social media


‘The Black Beast’ shared a clip of him speeding on social mediaCredit: @thebeastufc – instagram
Details about his arrest have been shared online


Details about his arrest have been shared onlineCredit: MMA Junkie

“We’d been calling the UFC for a while trying to get a fight before the year was out, but they kept saying everything was booked up,” he told FOX Sports.

“Then a few weeks ago we got a call about this guy (Almeida) and I just agreed straight away. I didn’t know the fight was in Brazil though.

“It was only after accepting that they told me. I’d always said 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.”


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