Derrick Lewis has found himself in a situation with authorities, but it is unlikely to affect his participation in the upcoming UFC Fight Night main event on Saturday. Lewis was recently taken into custody after allegedly driving at a speed more than double the limit in his hometown of Houston.
According to Harris County court records obtained by ESPN, Lewis was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor reckless driving last Wednesday in Texas. It is alleged that Lewis drove his car “unlawfully and recklessly,” showing a “willful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons and property” by exceeding the speed limit and making unsafe lane changes. ABC 13 reports that Lewis was driving at a speed of 136 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone in a red Lamborghini.
Despite the recent incident, Lewis is still scheduled to headline the UFC Fight Night main event in Sao Paulo on Saturday, where he will face Jailton Almeida. The fight is expected to proceed as planned. Lewis was granted a $100 personal recognizance bond and released from custody on the same day of his arrest, according to ABC 13. The fighter had spoken to CBS Sports earlier in the week, before news of his arrest became public.
Lewis, known for his fan-favorite fighting style, holds the record for the most knockouts in UFC history with 14. He is coming off a memorable victory against Marcos Rogerio de Lima at UFC 291 in July and agreed to step in as a replacement for Curtis Blaydes on short notice to face Almeida. Lewis has previously competed for the UFC heavyweight championship twice, facing Daniel Cormier and Ciryl Gane.