As if preparing for a heavyweight contender bout against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 216 in October wasn't keeping him busy enough, Derrick "The Black Beast" Lewis has also taken it upon himself to rescue as many people from Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston as possible.
Pictures started turning up on Derrick's Instagram showing the UFC fighter collecting families in his lifted truck. An ESPN interview with the heavy hitter had him estimating he'd helped out over 100 people.
"Me and my wife were watching the news and we heard that the officers are not going to be going out," Lewis said. "The only way they were going to go out is because of a life-or-death situation. I really didn't like that, so I went out and tried to help as many people as I can."
“There was a lot of guys out there, just going back and forth taking turns and going to each house, and rescuing everyone,” he told UFC.com. “It was close to my house, so I said I’ll help.”
Lewis is no stranger to dealing with floods.
“Whenever I was younger, living in New Orleans, just about every time it rained, my house flooded," he said. "I used to get three or four inches of rain inside my house each and every time.”
Fortunately this time his house is dry, and it also comtains a home gym where he continues to train for his next big fight.
“It doesn’t affect me,” he said when asked how the flooding was affecting training. “I was already training before I got the news. So my weight is pretty good. I really want to get under 260. If I come in at 250-something, it’s gonna be a real entertaining fight.”