Derrick Lewis has already shown his love for Houston and its residents in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, now the heavyweight has joined forces with the Ultimate Fighting Championship to help give his hometown some financial aid.
“The Black Beast” and the UFC have partnered to donate $10,000 toward helping those affected by the storm and the floods in the city, both the fighter and promotion announced Friday.
“I love the city of Houston and I am proud to call it my home,” Lewis wrote on Twitter. “In addition to the rescue efforts I have participated in, I am also proud to partner with the UFC to donate $10,000 to the relief efforts. It is an honor to be able to give back to a city that has given so much to me. #HoustonStrong”
On Monday, Lewis drove around Houston in his four-wheel drive truck to assist those who were stranded due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, documenting some of his work through social media. Lewis will return to the Octagon on Oct. 7 against Fabricio Werdum at UFC 216.
“UFC would like to extend our support to the wonderful city of Houston, Texas. As the hometown for several UFC athletes and some of the greatest fans in the world, Houston has also hosted some of our most amazing events,” a statement from the promotion read. “We have partnered with UFC heavyweight and Houston local, Derrick Lewis, to donate 10k towards the relief efforts. The city of Houston has proven that we are all fighters.”