A FRESH approach to preparation helped Hervey Bay grappler Greg Atzori through his last bout. Now, he has his eyes set on his next target: former UFC fighter Ben "Manimal” Wall.
Atzori-Wall will headline Coastal Combat 3: Return of the Cage at Coolum Civic Centre on February 24.
The duo will finally cross paths after two previous near- bouts fell through.
"When I went for the Fight World Cup belt (which Atzori won in 2013) we were meant to fight but it didn't end up happening,” Atzori said.
Wall has lost seven of his past eight fights, in a run stretching back to 2013. His two previous wins were in March 2016, and March, 2013.
But that record, Atzori said, doesn't mean much.
Wall's fought the best lightweights in Australia.
"It does give you a little more confidence but he's not fighting nobodies,” he said.
"Rob Hill only just lost his belt, Brentin Mumford just lost to Callan Potter, who is one of the best.”
Atzori is nearing the end of his professional mixed martial arts career, and with that comes a list of fighters he wants to meet before hanging up the gloves.
To complete that list, he needs to win as many bouts as he can to warrant challenging the best.
"I need a few more wins to get there so I've just go to keep on winning,” he said.