Nicolae Negumereanu

Nicu

Romania

Slated to fight Villanueva in Oct.
Light HeavyweightUFC
September 6, 2021
Negumereanu will fight Ike Villanueva in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC event scheduled for Oct. 23, Alex Behunin of CageSide Press reports.
ANALYSIS
Negumereanu is coming off his first UFC victory ever against Aleksa Camur. The fight took place in June and was won via split decision. Negumereanu will look to carry his momentum into his upcoming fight against Ike Villanueva. Villanueva is currently sitting at 1-3 and is desperate for a win, so this fight could be a fair one as each fighter currently only has one UFC victory.
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Picks up first UFC victory
Light HeavyweightUFC
June 19, 2021
Negumereanu defeated Aleksa Camur via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) at UFC Fight Night on Saturday in Las Vegas.
ANALYSIS
It was a pretty strong effort from Negumereanu considering he hadn't fought in well over two years and entered as a +200 underdog. Negumereanu's last bout prior to Saturday was a unanimous decision loss to Saparbek Safarov in his UFC debut on March 16, 2019. He looked considerably better in this fight. The 26-year-old Romanian stood toe-to-toe with the powerful Camur and lived to tell about it. It was a close bout in which both men had their moments. Negumereanu was fortunate referee Mike Beltran didn't dock him a point for repeated fence grabs. Negumereanu joined the UFC without much hype, and we won't get a better idea of his future potential until he fights more frequently.
Returning to Octagon in June
Light HeavyweightUFC
April 2, 2021
Negumereanu is set to take on Aleksa Camur in a light heavyweight matchup at the UFC's event on June 19, MMAJunkie.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Negumereanu lost his UFC debut against Saparbek Safarov in March of 2019, and June's event will mark his first action since then. As Negumereanu looks to carve out his first UFC win, he'll have a one-inch height advantage against an opponent who currently boasts a 1-1 record with the promotion.
Drops debut in dirty fight
Light HeavyweightUFC
March 16, 2019
Negumereanu lost to Saparbek Safarov via unanimous decision (26-29, 26-29, 27-29) at UFC Fight Night in London on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Negumereanu didn't get to show off his highly-regarded striking early in the first round, as the fight went to the clinch quickly before Safarov -- a Master of Sport in Combat Sambo -- took him to the ground. The referee eventually stood them up after several fence grabbing warnings were issued and ignored by Safarov, who was eventually deducted a point for his antics. The broadcast team even called for the disqualification of Safarov at one instance, as he did not obey the referee's commands when he was looking to break them up. The fight went on nonetheless, and Negumereanu came out a little more aggressive in the second round. He got hurt by Safarov in the second minute, but recovered and returned fire. That rhythm was eventually interrupted by a Safarov takedown, who again used the fence on multiple occasions to maintain an advantageous position. Safarov stayed in top position the rest of the round, landing hard ground-and-pound with his elbows that left Negumereanu stunned on the way back to his stool. The corner allowed Negumereanu to come out for the third, but he was taken down early and never recovered. It was a disappointing debut for Negumereanu, but he may have grounds for an appeal due to repeated, consistent infractions by Safarov.