It has emerged today that one of Maximum Fighting Championships longest serving fighters has decided to retire. Dwayne “D-Bomb” Lewis (14-8) recently announced his departure from the sport via his Facebook page. The fan favorite and former title challenger decided to hang up his gloves due to multiple injuries sustained during recent years.
Lewis has competed 15 times for the MFC defeating notable fighters such as Marvin Eastman, Mike Nickels, and Razak Al-Hassan. Lewis had hoped to fight on the MFC 33 card back in May but hand issues forced that fight to the backburner. Although he had considered taking a run at the MFC 35 event coming up in October, Lewis opted to say goodbye instead.
Here is what Dwayne Lewis had to say about his retirement:
“Finally making it official … I’m done fighting,” Lewis wrote. “I’ve had a blast. For five years I tried my best to put in as much time as I could to be able to compete. It’s just been too busy of a schedule for me to keep up with and compete with guys who train and fight full-time.”
In February 2011 Lewis was given the opportunity to fight for the light-heavyweight title at MFC 28. Unfortunately Lewis was defeated by Ryan Jimmo who scored a third-round TKO via doctor’s stoppage.
“Having the ‘Army’ of supporters follow me to my fights, cheering me on, and chanting my name will forever be etched in my mind and heart. Big thanks to the MFC for giving me the opportunity to compete on such an incredible stage. Also a big thanks to my coach, trainer, and brother Sandy Bowman for getting me involved in the sport.” Lewis also said “I’m putting down my MMA gloves and picking up my wife and kids and moving on.”
D-Bomb last fought at MFC 32 in January, where he was defeated via second round TKO by Wilson Gouveia in a matchup which was scheduled for five rounds. This fight was Dwayne’s first since being sidelined for a year due to injuries.
Here is what MFC President Mark Pavelich had to say about D-Bomb’s departure:
“Dwayne was an all-time fan favorite, and a guy who gave his heart and soul in every fight,” Mark went also said “No one in MFC history was a better professional than Dwayne, and no one was more respected. He was a blue-collar, working man’s hero.”
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