A CLOSE partnership with The Front Room and a smarter approach to training has Hervey Bay grappler Greg Atzori primed for his Hex Fight Series debut on Friday night.
Atzori will take on Lance "Lights Out" Ettia, a Melbournian with three knockout wins in his first five professional fights.
But the Tarantula, who boasts an 18-11 record, will be more ready than ever to stop his run of mixed results.
Atzori has lost three of his past four fights. Two of those were the result of a punch (one knockout, one TKO), and the third was a unanimous decision.
The 35-year-old has changed his preparation ahead of tonight's bout at the Melbourne Pavillion, Kensington. He trained smarter, ate healthier, and will cut less weight than he ever has before.
"(My weight) is the lowest it's been coming into a fight," Atzori said. "I've doing a lot less head impact.
"It's smart, and that comes with experience.
"We do less things that can damage us but things that make us quicker and more alert."
Atzori said Ettia, a former boxer, would be dangerous on his feet.
"He's got good hands, he's knocked out three of his five guys," Atzori said. "He's had five pro fights but he's young and hungry.
"He comes forward a lot, and we've been working on his hands specifically. I'm confident with what I've been working on."
Hex Fight Series 12 will be shown live from 7.30pm (AEST) on Friday night, on Fox Sports, Channel 505.
The main event features a light heavyweight title fight between current champion Jim Crute and Steven Warby, a lightweight title and middleweight title fight.