Brendon “The Kid” Marotte trying to kick off “breakout” 2019 at CES 54

Brendon Marotte is quickly establishing himself as a prospect to watch in the featherweight division. After storming out the gate in his pro career with four finishes in 2018, the fast-rising New Hampshire fighter takes on Chris Rollins at CES 54 on Jan. 19 in Lincoln, R.I. Before he steps into the cage and face Rollins, he sat down and talked to FightBook MMA.

How has training been going for this fight?

It’s going well, man. This camp is like they’ve all been; we’re working hard and right on schedule.

You fought four times in 2018. When was the last time that you had a bit of a break from training?

I actually like to take about a week to myself after every fight. I take a week, maybe 10 days, to relax and not think about fighting for a little while. It recharges me mentally.

How would you describe 2018 in one word as it relates to your fighting career?

Phenomenal. I wanted to get four fights and that’s what I got, finished them all, and everything went exactly as I had planned. Obviously there are ups and downs in life, but I’m really grateful how everything has gone according to the plan.

How excited are you to step back in the cage next weekend?

Very excited — very excited. My last fight wasn’t too long ago, but I couldn’t be more pumped to get back in there and get to work. 2019 is going to be a big year; we’ve got a lot more work to do.

Is 2019 your breakout year?

Absolutely. Like I said, 2018 couldn’t have gone any better. But 2019 is the year that I prove I’m the best 145er in New England. If anyone has anything to say about that, they can step in the cage with me.