Charles Lewis Jr

Charles Lewis Jr

American businessman, promoter and entertainer
Date of Birth: 23.06.1963
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Charles Lewis Jr.
  2. Founding Tapout
  3. The Mask
  4. Tragic Accident and Death
  5. Legacy

Biography of Charles Lewis Jr.

Charles Lewis Jr., also known as "Mask", was an American businessman, promoter, and emcee. He was a leader in producing clothing and accessories for MMA fans. Lewis was born on June 23, 1963, in San Bernardino, California. Armed with only some artistic knowledge, skills, and a love for comics, Charles and his co-founder of the company "Tapout," Dan Caldwell, earned only $30,000 in 1999.

Charles Lewis Jr

Founding Tapout

Everything started in 1997 when Lewis and two of his friends began selling clothing for UFC fans directly from their Mustang. In 2008, the company's profit reached around $100 million, and the following year it reached $225 million. Currently, Tapout is located in Grand Terrace.

The Mask

Charles earned the nickname "Mask" for the designs he painted on his face. In 2007, he and the promoters "Skyskrape" (Tim Katz) and "Punkass" (Dan Caldwell) appeared in the American reality show "TapouT," which aired on the cable channel "Versus." In this show, the guys traveled around the country in search of promising MMA fighters, helping them showcase their abilities and potentially become their sponsors. Each episode of the reality show concluded with the fighter they found participating in a real MMA fight.

Tragic Accident and Death

Charles Lewis Jr. tragically passed away on March 11, 2009, at the age of 45 in a severe car accident. He was driving his Ferrari 360 Modena with his girlfriend in Newport Beach, California, when a drunken driver in a white Porsche crashed into them at high speed. Lewis' car was struck by a lamppost, splitting it in half. The American businessman died instantly at the scene, while his girlfriend, Lacey Lynn White, was ejected from the car and taken to the hospital with a broken elbow and multiple abrasions. The driver of the Porsche was arrested for "vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence."


Charles Lewis Jr. was posthumously inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame in July 2009, becoming the first and only non-fighter to receive this honor. His contributions to the MMA industry through Tapout and his role in promoting and supporting fighters have left a lasting impact on the sport.