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Video: Derrick Lewis claims to have stopped alleged car thief, shows off bruised knuckles

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Derrick Lewis is probably one of the last people whose car anyone should be attempting to steal.

On Tuesday, the UFC heavyweight contender posted a video on Instagram in which he apparently he stopped an alleged car thief, who was later apprehended by Houston police.

“Mofo pick right/wrong car to break into,” Lewis wrote. “HE’S OK.”

In addition to sharing a picture that shows both the suspect and the attending officers, Lewis also showed off the damage done to his car and added some commentary.

“Motherf*cker tried to break into my sh*t,” Lewis said.

He also shared an image to his Instagram story of his fist and a caption that reads, “Satisfaction” and “He’s ok” again.

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The incident occurred at around 9:30 a.m. local time on 15000 Block West Memorial Loop, Jodi Silva, a public information officer for the Houston Police Department, confirmed to MMA Fighting. Lewis told police he was returning to his car after a workout and heard banging noises coming from the driver’s side of the car. He then discovered the alleged thief, who was trying to get into his vehicle using a screwdriver, per the narrative attached to a police report.

“Mr. Lewis says he went over to the suspect, struck him, placed him onto the ground until the police arrived,” Silva said. “That’s the nicest way to put it.”

The alleged thief was taken to the hospital for treatment and was in the process of being booked into custody as of Tuesday afternoon. The alleged thief is facing a charge of criminal mischief, Silva said, “because our winner did not get into the vehicle.”

Lewis, a Louisiana native who resides in Houston, is currently expected to be the first challenger for recently crowned heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou. UFC President Dana White has said on multiple occasions that he expects a fight between the two to be made official soon. Lewis has won four straight fights.

Ngannou and Lewis first fought at UFC 226 in July 2018, a listless three-round affair that Lewis won by unanimous decision.