Unfortunately for Jim Alers, he will not be able to consummate his rivalry with Cage Warriors Featherweight Champion Conor McGregor any time soon, as he has been forced out of their Cage Warriors 51 match-up with a hand injury. Stepping in to replace the Floridian will be Ivan Buchinger.
McGregor (11-2) is undefeated since 2010, most recently taking a second-round submission over Dave Hill at Cage Warriors 47 to win the featherweight title. The stout Irishman has won his last seven bouts by way of stoppage.
Buchinger (21-3) is on a three-fight run, all of which have seen the Slovkian put an end to his opponent’s night. “Buki’s” last cage warriors outing saw him TKO Diego Gonzalez in May.
Cage Warriors 51 takes December 31, emanating from at The Helix in Dublin, Ireland. The event will be available for live stream on MMAJunkie.com