[CES Press Release]
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (March 27th, 2017) -- Luis Felix knows he can't fight forever, so as long as he can physically compete, he wants to step inside that cage as often as possible.
There's no concern of another catastrophic injury or devastating setback. The Providence, R.I., lightweight, who turns 33 in October, understands the journey back to the top of his division must start now.
"This is what I love to do and I don't want to do it forever," said Felix (14-9, 5 KOs), who faces Dawond Pickney (10-6, 7 KOs) at Twin River Casino Friday night on the main card of "CES MMA 42" on AXS TV, his first fight in 14 months.
"The time I spend doing it over the next couple of years, I want to do it as often as possible. Then I have the rest of my life to heal up or for whatever other adventure life has in store."
Though Felix hasn't put a timetable on the final stretch of his career - "I think you know when it's your time," he said - he admits he doesn't see himself fighting past 35 or 36, which is usually the age when most fighters begin to pursue other interests.
There's no doubt Felix, when healthy, is one of the region's top lightweights; he won six of seven fights during a four-year stretch from 2010 to 2014, going from journeyman to legitimate title contender, and showed poise in rebounding from a loss to Julian Lane on national television by beating Lane one year later in the rematch to capture the CES MMA World Lightweight Title.