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Atzori to brawl “The Hulk” in title fight

Mixed martial artist Greg Atzori.
Mixed martial artist Greg Atzori. Jaye Storton

GREG Atzori is a sucker for superheroes.

The Hervey Bay mixed martial artist grew up reading comic books and still collects Marvel Comics.

On Saturday night, the 31 year old will stand toe-to-toe with the biggest Marvel character of them all, the Hulk, in a cage fight for five rounds.

Clearly, Atzori has read enough comics to have done his research on his opponent, but is he a fan of the green-skinned giant?

"Not really, I'm more of an Ironman fan," Atzori said.

"Ironman kicks the Hulk's a***, anyway."

Determined to do the same, Atzori will need all his superhuman physical capabilities when he enters the octagon against Alex Volkanovski for the Roshambo lightweight title in Brisbane.

Dubbed "The Hulk" because he packs a devastating right overhand punch, Volkanovski has only been brought down once in his 10 professional bouts.

"I know he is pretty tough," Atzori said of his opponent.

"He likes to grapple and beat people against the cage, which is fine with me because I will be looking to control him in the first round and exert a lot of my energy when I pick up the pace in the third or fourth round."

Atzori's last venture into the octagon finished with a knockout victory over Sonny Brown on May 25.

The father of two was scheduled to fight in November, but had to withdraw after sustaining a grand one medial collateral ligament tear and bruising behind the knee.

Despite the eight-month break, Atzori insists he is fit and ready to unleash.

"I might have a bit of ring rust, but I've always been pretty fit and have stayed in good shape," he said.