“Don’t grab the fence, dude” – Mike Beltran’s decision not to penalize Nicolae Negumereanu at UFC Vegas 29 splits opinion

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Nicolae Negumereanu picked up his first win in the UFC on Saturday night at UFC Vegas 29, but it wasn’t without a help in hand from Mike Beltran.

During the prelims, Negumereanu faced fellow UFC rookie Aleksa Camur in a light heavyweight contest and took home the split decision at the end of three rounds.

Nicolae Negumereanu lost his UFC debut to Saparbek Safarov in March 2019 via a unanimous decision.

His opponent Aleksa Camur is a Dana White’s Contender Series alum currently on a two-fight losing skid.

He started with a decision win in the UFC against Justin Ledet after beating Fabio Cherant via TKO in Season three of DWCS. He then lost to William Knight at UFC 253 and Nicole Negumereanu tonight.

Throughout the duration of the fight, Nicolae Negumereanu was warned by referee Mike Beltran for grabbing the fence multiple times, yet a point was never deducted for the foul.

Viewers caught on to it, and as is the case with most controversial incidents, made their opinions heard on social media.


Internet reacts to Mike Beltran’s refereeing for Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Aleksa Camur at UFC Vegas 29

Robert Sargent pointed out that there were five separate warnings for Nicolae Negumereanu, which is perhaps one too many to get away with without losing a point.

Some fans thought Negumereanu was simply lucky to still walk away with the win.

Here’s another.

Others questioned the UFC’s point-deduction policy by tagging the president Dana White.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto took a shot at Mike Beltran, saying that the veteran referee would rather fight a competitor than take a point from him.

UFC bantamweight Sean O’Malley joked about how little attention Nicolae Negumereanu was paying to Mike Beltran’s warnings, which were clearly falling on deaf ears.

One Twitter user sent out word to all the fighters who follow their account, pointing out that they can get away with at least ten fence grabs before a point is deducted if Mike Beltran is refereeing one of their fights.

Another user straight-up put the responsibility of Aleksa Camur’s loss on Mike Beltran’s refereeing.

There were several tweets making fun of the fact that Mike Beltran landed significant strikes, referring to his slaps of warning, with one of them even comparing it to Ben Askren’s record.

Sean O’Malley was at it once again, this time suggesting a reality show idea starring Mike Beltran where he disciplines ‘sh*t bird TikTok teens’.

Some fans called for Mike Beltran to be relieved of his refereeing duties as well, given the slip-up.

Several of the tweets were funny and were humorous takes on how Mike Beltran slapped away Nicolae Negumereanu’s hand in the end for grabbing the fence, but still did not deduct points.


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