HOUSTON (CBS4) – Mixed martial arts fighter Derrick Lewis helped rescue several people from flooding in Texas.

The fighter known as “The Black Beast” even helped a man who brought his Confederate flag with him.

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Derrick Lewis celebrates his win over Ruan Potts in their heavyweight bout during the UFC 184 event at Staples Center on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

“I picked up one guy and his family, his wife – he just kept apologizing to me, because all he really had was his clothes, and he wanted to take his Confederate flag,” Lewis told BJPenn.com. “He wanted to take that with him, and he just apologized and said, ‘Man, I’ll sit in the back of your truck, man. I don’t want to have my flag inside of your truck like this.’ I said, ‘Man, I’m not worried about that.’

“He’s saying, ‘You never know if you ever need someone, so …’ – I already knew where he was going with it. I just said, ‘Don’t even worry about it. It’s OK. I don’t care about that.’ His wife kept hitting him and saying, ‘You should have just left it.’”

Lewis posted photos and videos to social media, saying “it feels good to help people.”

In regards to the man carrying the Confederate flag, Lewis brushed it off, saying he’s lived in the South all of his life so it’s nothing he hasn’t seen before.

“I don’t care about that type of stuff,” Lewis said. “I just wanted to help him.”

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Rain continues to fall in Texas. So far they’ve received twice as much rain in five days than Denver sees in an entire year.

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