Derrick Lewis: The Knockout King of the UFC

Derrick Lewis, the UFC knockout king, is a popular and thrilling fighter known for his devastating knockout power, humorous post-fight interviews, and relentless spirit.

Holding the record for the most knockouts in UFC history with 13 finishes in 28 fights, this article delves into his background, career, and achievements in mixed martial arts.

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Derrick Lewis celebrates his victory over Marcos Rogerio de Lima during the UFC 291 on July 29, 2023, in Salt Lake City. (Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Who Has The Most KO In UFC History?

Derrick Lewis holds the record for the most knockouts in UFC history with 13, surpassing Junior dos Santos’ 10 in February 2021.

He tied Matt Brown for the most knockouts in a single division.

Lewis has defeated top heavyweights like Travis Browne, Alexander Volkov, Francis Ngannou, and Roy Nelson, showcasing his ability to come back from adversity and finish fights with a single punch.

How Many UFC Fights Does Derrick Lewis Have?

Derrick Lewis, as of July 2023, has had 28 UFC fights.

He debuted in April 2014, knocking out Jack May in the first round at UFC on Fox 112.

In his career, he faced top heavyweight names like Daniel Cormier, Mark Hunt, and Ciryl Gane.

With a UFC record of 16 wins and 12 losses, he achieved 13 wins by knockout, two by submission, and one by decision.

Additionally, he earned seven post-fight bonuses, including four Performance of the Night awards and three Fight of the Night awards.

Presently, he holds the #10 rank in the UFC heavyweight rankings.

Who Has Derrick Lewis Fight?

Derrick Lewis has fought a total of 39 professional mixed martial arts fights, with 27 wins and 11 losses (one no contest).

He has fought for various promotions, such as Bellator MMA, Legacy FC, and the UFC.

He has faced some of the best fighters in the world, such as:

Serghei SpivacLostSubmission (arm-triangle choke)1UFC Fight Night 218Feb 4, 2023
Sergei PavlovichLostTKO (punches)1UFC 277Jul 30, 2022
Tai TuivasaLostKO (elbow)2UFC 271Feb 12, 2022
Chris DaukausWonKO (punches)1UFC Fight Night 199Dec 18, 2021
Ciryl GaneLostTKO (punches)3UFC 265Aug 7, 2021
Curtis BlaydesWonKO (punch)2UFC Fight Night 185Feb 20, 2021
Aleksei OleinikWonTKO (punches)2UFC Fight Night 174Aug 8, 2020
Ilir LatifiWonUnanimous DecisionUFC 247Feb 8, 2020
Blagoy IvanovWonSplit DecisionUFC 244Nov 2, 2019
Junior dos SantosLostTKO (punches)2UFC Fight Night 146Mar 9, 2019
Daniel CormierLostSubmission (rear-naked choke)2UFC 230Nov 3, 2018
Alexander VolkovWonKO (punches)3UFC 229Oct 6, 2018
Francis NgannouWonUnanimous DecisionUFC 226Jul 7, 2018
Marcin TyburaWonKO (punch)3UFC Fight Night 126Feb 18, 2018
Mark HuntLostTKO (punches)4UFC Fight Night 110Jun 10, 2017
Travis BrowneWonKO (punch)2UFC Fight Night 105Feb 19, 2017
Shamil AbdurakhimovWonTKO (punches)4UFC Fight Night 102Dec 9, 2016
Roy NelsonWonSplit DecisionUFC Fight Night 90Jul 7, 2016
Gabriel GonzagaWonKO (punches)1UFC Fight Night 86Apr 10, 2016
Damian GrabowskiWonTKO (punches)1UFC Fight Night 82Feb 6, 2016
Viktor PestaWonKO (punches)3UFC 192Oct 3, 2015
Shawn JordanLostTKO (kick)2UFC Fight Night 68Jun 6, 2015
Ruan PottsWonTKO (punches)2UFC 184Feb 28, 2015
Matt MitrioneLostKO (punches)1UFC Fight Night 50Sep 5, 2014
Guto InocenteWonTKO (punches)1The Ultimate Fighter: Team Edgar vs. Team Penn FinaleJul 6, 2014
Jack MayWonTKO (punches)1UFC on Fox 11Apr 19, 2014


How Old Is Derrick Lewis?

Derrick Lewis, born February 7, 1985, in New Orleans, Louisiana, is a 38-year-old professional mixed martial artist.

Raised by a single mother among seven siblings, he moved to Houston, Texas, in 1998.

After a stint in boxing at 17, he discovered mixed martial arts following a prison sentence for probation violation.

Since his debut in October 2010, he has pursued a successful career in MMA.


Derrick Lewis, the UFC knockout king, overcame numerous challenges to become a top heavyweight contender.

With a record number of knockouts, he captivates fans with his charisma and humor.

Currently a free agent, Lewis seeks a new contract, remaining one of the sport’s most exciting and popular fighters.

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