Pro Picks – Cage Warriors 51: Conor McGregor vs Ivan Buchinger

With Cage Warriors 51 on New Year’s Eve just around the corner, we caught up with a few professional fighters to get their predictions for the main event, Conor McGregor vs Ivan Buchinger for the lightweight championship.

McGregor is attempting to become the first ever Cage Warriors multi-weight champion, as he already holds the featherweight strap.

Jim Alers – Conor by KO in the 2nd round

Luke Barnatt – Conor McGregor in Dublin on NYE?!? How can he lose. Round 2 TKO

Jack Mason – I’m going for McGregor TKO round 3!

Martin Stapleton – On paper Buchinger is probably the favourite as he has the record and the experience on his side aswell as the fact he is a natural Lightweight where as McGregor is moving up. However Conor McGregor is getting better and better with every performance and shows composure in the cage like that of a 20 fight veteran. I think Conor’s aggression, desire and belief in himself will be the deciding factor in this fight and i’m going with Conor to win late in the second round by TKO after a close and physical first round. This will be fight of the night!

Chris Stringer – McGregor has got this all day long, he’s relaxed & comfortable with his striking but comes forward & believes in his abilities. He’ll tko late in the 2nd.

Ali Maclean – Conor via first, maybe second round KO or TKO. Ivan will probably be spending the start of his new year concussed

Brendan Loughnane – I’ve only seen Conor fight so I’ll go with Conor

Arni Isaksson – Conor foshoo will flow and KO in 1st round. He is a monster

Vaughan Lee – To be honest, I haven’t seen Ivan Buchinger fight but I’ve seen Conor fight, so i’m gonna say Conor McGregor by third round stoppage..

Bradley Scott – Conor is fucking savage, I think Conor will get him down and man handle him on the floor. Second round TKO

Neil Seery – Don’t know much about Ivan but if mcgregor keeps it standing its his all day long. Conor in Round 3 by KO

Conor Dillon – Conor McGregor by KO in the 2nd round

Ryan Roddy – McGregor via TKO in the 3rd

Curt Warburton – I think Conor McGregor will win. Round 2 by Ground and Pound

Rich Gorey – McGregor, 3rd round stoppage. ground and pound.

Damien Rooney – I’m going to go with McGregor, Buchinger is a great fighter but McGregor is getting stronger and stronger every fight so I’m going with TKO in round 1 or 2.

Robert Whiteford – Conor McGregor by Rnd 2 TKO


Fighters that picked McGregor: 17

Fighters that picked Buchinger: 0

Fighters that couldn’t decide: 0


The fighters have spoken, all are picking Conor McGregor to capture the lightweight championship against Ivan Buchinger on New Year’s Eve.

Can the experienced Slovakian Buchinger cause an upset on McGregor’s home soil?

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