READY: Greg Atzori is already preparing to defend his Eternal MMA Lightweight Championship.
READY: Greg Atzori is already preparing to defend his Eternal MMA Lightweight Championship. Alistair Brightman

Atzori's Eternal LIghtweight title defence locked in

ETERNAL Lightweight Champion Greg Atzori will defend his newly-won crown on April 2.

Atzori won the belt on December 12 after a second-round victory over David Butt.

The Hervey Bay mixed martial artist won Eternal MMA's "fight of the night" via rear naked choke, and took his overall record to 17-7.

He has not lost since February 2014, and the 33-year-old is confident he can extend his winning run when he defends his belt against Isaac "Planet Smasher" Tisdell.

"We were meant to fight twice before but he got injured before one of those fights and I'm not sure what happened the other time," Atzori said.

"We were chatting before and after that fight (Eternal MMA). I've always sized him up but he's got that flashier style.

"I'm very, very confident."

The "flashier style" Atzori alludes to is Tisdell's striking ability.

Tisdell, a 29-year-old fighter out of Five Rings Dojo at the Gold Coast, won his last fight with a spinning back fist.

The match lasted eight seconds before Tisdell delivered the crushing blow to Gokhan Turkyilmaz at Nitro MMA 12 in October, 2014.

"He's done it in his last two fights so you can't say he was lucky," Atzori said.

"It's something he's got in his arsenal.

"I'm confident but we do start standing and that's when he's at his most dangerous."

Atzori is already well into his preparation for the fight.

He enjoyed just three days off at Christmas before he hooked into training to ensure he is in prime condition.

Title defence

Eternal MMA 16 at Gold Coast on April 2

Greg Atzori v Isaac Tisdell



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