Recently, Derrick Lewis was arrested for reckless driving.
Lewis is slated to face fellow heavyweight contender Jailton Almeida. The match will take place in the main event of the UFC’s most recent event in Sau Paolo, Brazil, on November 4.
Recent reports by ABC13 reveal that Lewis was arrested in Houston, Texas, for reckless driving. He was clocked at an astonishing speed of 136 miles per hour while driving a red Lamborghini in an area with a posted speed limit of 50 mph.
Lewis was briefly held and then freed after posting a $100 bail. Despite being out of custody, Lewis is now facing a misdemeanor charge. If convicted, he could potentially face up to a month in jail along with a fine.
Derrick Lewis is slated to appear in court on December 27. Fans need not worry about the UFC Sau Paulo main event, as Lewis has already traveled to Brazil to face Jailton Almeida. The MMA community eagerly awaits this showdown between the seasoned veteran and the rising star.
With news of Lewis’ reckless driving incident spreading rapidly, fans naturally wondered whether this legal matter would affect his performance in the upcoming match.
Fortunately, the UFC provided reassurance by sharing a social media post showing Lewis in Brazil earlier today signing posters. He seems focused and ready to potentially pull off an upset on Saturday.
Lewis’ recent performance in UFC 291 demonstrated his resilience. Facing Marcos Rogerio de Lima on a three-bout losing streak, he silenced critics with a surprising victory.
In a mere 33 seconds, Lewis executed a flying knee that sent Lima to the canvas. He then followed it with a ground-and-pound finish.
Following this impressive victory, Lewis signed a deal of eight bouts with the promotion.
Lewis is now attempting to pull off an upset against Jailton Almeida, who was originally scheduled to square off against Curtis Blaydes on November 4. Stepping in on short notice, Lewis aims to hand Jailton Almeida his first UFC loss.
Almeida has a 5-0 record since his UFC debut in February 2022, and is a formidable opponent. This clash promises to be a highlight of the event, with both competitors eager to leave a lasting impression.