Samantha ‘The Slayer’ Nabity is an American amateur Mixed Martial Artist currently competing in the Flyweight division, representing 605 Boxing & MMA. She has competed for North Iowa Fights and makes her LFA debut on October 14th at LFA 144.
I’d like to kick things off by thanking you for taking the time to speak with me today Samantha, and also to congratulate you on your upcoming inclusion to the LFA 144 card.
“Thank you so much.”
I hope training camp has been going well in the build-up to your scheduled return to the cage?
“My training camp has been better than ever, I’ve been putting in more work than any other time, I’m really excited for this upcoming fight.”
It’s definitely gonna be a big one, your debut for LFA also, it must be an amazing feeling?
“Yeah, I’m so excited to be on LFA. My fiancé has fought on LFA before, and I know it’s a very nice promotion. I’m very happy and excited about them having me on.”
Unfortunately for us in the UK, we have to stay up until early hours of the morning to catch the LFA. Definitely worth it though, it’s a great organisation.
Undefeated as an amateur, you are set to set to take your third walk to the cage. To give the fans in attendance some insight into what to expect on the 14th, what first attracted you to the brutal yet exhilarating world of Mixed Martial Arts?
“I was a wrestler from a young age, my mum put me into wrestling when I was in elementary school. Combat sports has kinda always just been a favourite of mine, I enjoy watching as much as I enjoy competing. I really enjoy every aspect of it.”
What did you take from your previous victories as well as starting your competitive journey?
“I learned a lot from both fights. I came out the winner of both of them, but even though I won there’s still a lot of things I had to work on, from my first fight to my second up until now. I’ve been working a lot more on my Jiu-jitsu, as I mentioned I was a wrestler growing up so I have a lot of wrestler habits shall we say. My first and second fight I had to work on Jiu-jitsu and my ground game, to be more well rounded out there.”
It’s a very valuable skill to have at your disposal, I look forward to seeing your progression.
What advice would you give to aspiring female Mixed Martial Artists out there, looking to enter the amateur scene?
“I would just say put yourself out there, don’t be scared, Try not be shy. Just go for it, the worst that can happen is you lose and you learn something, then you go out there again. Get the most experience you can and get in shape. I know that there’s a lot of people who don’t train as they should, that’s my biggest advice to take care of yourself. Because as much as you can have a team, it isn’t a team sport you know. Nobody’s gonna be looking out for you as much as you.”
That’s a great outlook to have, and some solid advice.
Looking forward, you are set to make your LFA debut against possibly your toughest test to date in Annabel Kelly.
What do you make of Annabel in the build-up to your scheduled meeting?
“I’m not going to talk down on her, I’m not going to say anything against her. I’ve seen her fights, she’s 3-5 and she’s an experienced fighter, she knows what it’s like to be in the cage. But after having that many fights and looking at the progress between the fights, I don’t think she’s the better fighter. I don’t think she has changed up or fixed a lot of her holes that I could capitalise on, but I think it’s gonna be a great show. She’s a tough chick, I wouldn’t be fighting her if I thought she was just a walkover, I’m more than excited to be sharing the cage with her. As I said, she does have more fights than me and that’s something I’m very excited about. I think it’s gonna be a brawl, it’s gonna be a show, I’m very very excited.”
I agree, it’s a very exciting matchup, especially to kick proceedings off definitely.
In what’s going to be quite the stacked card for fight fans, other than your inclusion on the night are there any matchups in particular that you’re looking forward to witnessing?
“I do have a buddy fighting on the card Dylan Stanke, he’s a training partner of mine. Obviously I’ll be rooting him on hahaha, I’m excited to see that one for sure.”
It’s always good to head out to battle with your teammates, give you that extra boost of confidence, I’ll make sure to look out for his fight.
It’s been an absolute pleasure speaking with you today Samantha, I look forward to witnessing you out there.
“Awesome, thank you so much. It’s been great talking to you.”
You’re very welcome.
Last but not least do you have a message for the fans that will be in attendance and anybody you’d like to give a shout-out to?
“I’d like to shout-out my family first of all, it wouldn’t be possible without them. My mum for starting me out at a young age, putting me in with the boys, making me tough, both my mum and my dad. I’d like to shout-out my grandma for always being there for me, being another parent and helping me out. I’d like to shout-out my fiancé Traevon Kroger for being my coach, for being my manager, getting me into the sport and doing everything for me, being my rock, huge shout-out to him. I wanna shout-out my gym 605 Boxing & MMA, we just opened. We had to move locations, it’s been a journey, I’m so grateful for them. Last but not least, I wanna shout-out Taylor Meyers for driving all the way out here and staying the night, training with me and really helping me get prepared for this fight, it’s been amazing and I couldn’t thank her enough. She recently picked up a win at LFA 142 so she knows exactly what it’s about, I really do appreciate her. The last thing I can say is stay watching, this is only the beginning, I have so much more to show and I have so much more to improve. I’m really excited and in love with this sport, I’m gonna be here so stay watching.”