“Baddest purple belt in Texas,” Derrick Lewis believes he could get leglock submission against ‘black belt’ Jailton Almeida in front of Brazilian fans

Derrick Lewis displays confidence in his ground game ahead of his fight against Jailton Almeida.


“Baddest purple belt in Texas,” Derrick Lewis believes he could get leglock submission against ‘black belt’ Jailton Almeida in front of Brazilian fans

Derrick Lewis is confident that he can leg lock Jailton Almeida on the ground. (via Imago)

Confidence frequently has just as much of an impact in the competitive arena of mixed martial arts as physical skill. Widely referred to as “The Black Beast,” Derrick Lewis has always exuded confidence. His attitude inside as well as outside the Octagon is remarkable. With a great sense of humor and an exciting fighting style, Derrick Lewis is one of the widely recognized fighters in the UFC.

Derrick Lewis recently expressed his optimistic attitude about his next bout with Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jailton Almeida in an interview. He believes that he is the “Baddest Purple Belt in Texas,” and can give his opponent a tough time. The Black Beast further answered the question about how he analyzed Almedida’s skill. This is what he had to say:

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I think our skills match up pretty well, you know, especially on the ground. I think i can get a Leg lock on him, early in the first round, yeah.
Derrick Lewis during Pre-fight media day interview

Jailton Almeida was initially set to fight Curtis Blaydes this weekend. However, Blaydes pulled out of this fight due to unknown reasons. Derrick Lewis, the confident fighter he is, stepped in to save this fight on short notice. The bout will take place in Ibirapuera Arena in São Paulo, Brazil.

The idea of witnessing a showdown between Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Jailton Almeida and the “Baddest Purple Belt in Texas,” Derrick Lewis, captivates fight fans as fight night approaches.

Derrick Lewis could face up to a month in Jail after speeding incident

Just days before his anticipated bout with Jailton Almeida at UFC Sao Paulo, renowned UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis plunged into legal turmoil. Lewis faced arrest in Houston after allegedly driving a red Lamborghini at an astounding speed of 136 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone, prompting accusations of reckless driving.

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This misdemeanor offense threatens to inflict serious consequences upon “The Black Beast.”

Derrick Lewis faces up to a month in Jail due to reckless driving.
Derrick Lewis faces up to a month in Jail due to reckless driving. (via MMA News)

Lewis posted a $100 bail and was out from detention that same day. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 27. Lewis used his signature sense of humor to handle the incident during a pre-fight media day press conference. He said:

Nah, I don’t even think that was me. That guy had hair. You seen the picture? I don’t got no hair. That ain’t me.


Lewis remains singularly focused on his upcoming bout, aiming to defeat his opponent inside the cage. He will also have to fight his judicial procedures, which might influence his career. The mixed martial arts community is eager to witness how this chapter unfolds in the life of “The Black Beast.”

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