MMA fighter heroically rescues flood victims in Houston


(Screenshot from Derrick Lewis’ Instagram account: @thebeastufc)

The people of Houston are going currently going through a state of crisis, with Hurricane Harvey ravaging through the the most populated city in all of Texas. 

Continuous rains have caused floods, bringing on destruction, tragedy, and forcing people to evacuate. 

While big organizations like the Houston Rockets, behind owner Leslie Alexander, and the NBA have shown their support through sizeable donations, some have reached out and helped in their own little way. 

One such person is mixed martial artist and Texas resident Derrick “the Black Beast” Lewis. 

Lewis, a UFC heavyweight contender who fights out of Houston has been rescuing people, including children, from the flooding. 


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In an interview with, Lewis said that he took matters into his own hands, partly because of the police and fire brigade’s inability to immediately provide help. 

“I’ve always been that type of guy that I like to help people more than I like to help myself, and so I just seized the opportunity. The police, they kept getting on the news and saying that they’re not going to help no one unless it’s a life-or-death situation. Basically, the firefighters said the same thing.”

“Mostly, we’re trying to get all the families that have kids,” Lewis added. 

Lewis’ compassion even went beyond racial differences, as he revealed that he had rescued a man who had brought a Confederate Flag. The flag is a modern day symbol of white supremacy. Lewis is African-American. 

“I picked up one guy and his family, his wife, he just kept apologizing to me, because all he really had was his clothes, and he wanted to take his Confederate flag,”

“He wanted to take that with him, and he just apologized and said, ‘Man, I’ll sit in the back of your truck, man. I don’t want to have my flag inside of your truck like this.’ I said, ‘Man, I’m not worried about that.’”, Lewis continued. 


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