Cage Warriors can promise that by Saturday, they will have a new featherweight champion. Taking a stab at the belt is Joni Salovaara and Jim Alers. Conor McGregor vacated the gold when he signed with the UFC.
Salovaara debuts for the promotion and has won 10 of his last 11. Alers has one loss to his name and rides three Cage Warriors wins from last year.
Cage Warriors 53 is from the Kelvin Hall in Scotland. The main card streams live on MMA Junkie at 4 p.m. ET. Preliminary bouts can be seen on Facebook.
Jean N’Dove missed weight and surrenders 20 percent of his purse.
MAIN CARD (MMAJunkie)
Jim Alers (144.4 lbs.) vs. Joni Salovaara (144.6 lbs.) for the vacant featherweight champiosip
Joanne Calderwood (115.9 lbs.) vs. Sally Krumdiack (114.8 lbs.)
Mats Nilsson (184.8 lbs.) vs. Chris Scott (185 lbs.)
Jason Ball (156 lbs.) vs. Jason Cooledge (155.7 lbs.)
Paul Marin (125.5 lbs.) vs. Neil Seery (125.1 lbs.)
James Doolan (135.5 lbs.) vs. James Pennington (135.4 lbs.)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook)
Rich Edgeworth (136 lbs.) vs. Jean N’Doye (137.2 lbs.)
Mark Connor (125.9 lbs.) vs. Joe Laurence (125.4 lbs.)