UFC heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis took on surging prospect Marcin Tybura in the co-main event of tonight’s UFC on FS1 event. Here are the highlights.
Derrick James Lewis (born February 7, 1985) is an American professional mixed martial artist, currently competing in the Heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. A professional competitor since 2010, Lewis has also competed for Bellator MMA and Legacy FC, where he was the heavyweight champion. As of March 16, 2017, he is #6 in official UFC Heavyweight rankings. Born and raised as one of seven siblings, the second oldest, by a single mother in New Orleans, Louisiana, Lewis was troubled growing up and was often involved in street fighting. In 1999, Lewis and his family relocated to Houston, Texas. At the age of 17, Lewis began training in boxing and was preparing for his first amateur fight when the gym unexpectedly shut down. Two weeks after graduating from high school, Lewis was charged with aggravated assault, and was placed on probation. Two years later, while attending Kilgore College on a full scholarship for football, Lewis violated his probation and was sentenced to five years in prison, but ended up serving three and a half. A week after being released, Lewis was introduced to mixed martial arts by a friend and, while working as a tow-truck driver, continued with boxing under the tutelage of George Foreman. However, after dominating in his first professional mixed martial arts fight, Lewis decided to focus on mixed martial arts.
Lewis began his journey in MMA in late 2009, when he made his debut as an amateur against Jay Ross at LSAMMA on October 16, 2009. He lost the fight via TKO (doctor stoppage). He then faced Tim Buchanan at the United States American Combat Association event on January 30, 2010. He won via TKO. After turning professional in 2010, Lewis would compile a fight record of 4-1 before signing with Bellator Fighting Championships in May 2010.
Marcin Tybura is a Polish Heavyweight mixed martial artist who currently fights in the UFC’s Heavyweight division. A professional competitor since 2011, he previously fought for M-1 and was an M-1 Global Heavyweight Champion and M-1 Grand Prix 2013 Heavyweight Champion. Tybura began training in 2006 after a friend introduced him to the sport. Within weeks, he began feeling the urge to compete. However, he would not make his professional debut until several years later.
Tybura made his professional MMA debut November 5, 2011 with a submission victory over Robert Marcok. The bout was part of the Polish MMA Championships. He would win both fights of this one-night tournament. Tybura’s first six fights as a professional would take place within Poland, following which he signed on with notable MMA promotion M-1. At M-1 Challenge 42 on October 20, 2013 he would defeat Konstantīns Gluhovs to win the M-1 Grand Prix 2013, which had begun in February of that year. On August 15, 2014 he would meet another future UFC heavyweight, Damian Grabowski, for the M-1 heavyweight title. Tybura would win the fight via a North-South choke.