Derrick Lewis Continues Harvey Rescue Efforts
As noted on Monday here on FIGHT SPORTS, Derrick Lewis has become a life saver as his home city of Houston in the midst of Hurricane Harvey.
Responding to Facebook messages and phones calls from friends, Lewis has been braving the rising waters in his gigantic Chevy truck and has been willing to help anyone in need, even one desperate man who would not leave without his Confederate flag.
“I don’t care about that,” Lewis told MMAjunkie.
“I live in Texas. It ain’t nothing new. I’ve been living in the South all my life, and it ain’t nothing I hadn’t seen before or discussed about. I don’t care about that type of stuff. I just wanted to help him.”
The man in question was in deep trouble on Sunday night as the waters around him kept rising.
“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,’ He’s saying, ‘You never know if you ever need someone, so …’ – I already knew where he was going with it. I just said, ‘Don’t even worry about it. It’s OK. I don’t care about that.’ His wife kept hitting him and saying, ‘You should have just left it.’”
Lewis is currently the No. 6-ranked heavyweight in the UFC, has won six out of his last seven fights and is scheduled to fight third-ranked Fabricio Werdum at UFC 2016 in October.
The fight is currently not a top priority on his to-do list.
“I’m just worried about making sure my kids and my family is OK and everyone else around me. The fight is going to come.
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.”
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