There’s a time in every young fighter’s career where they have to push all of the chips in. They have to believe that this career is one for them and dedicate themselves to the craft. For Factory X’s Nejra Repp, that time came during 2020, when the rest of the country was also at a crossroads.
“When things shut down during COVID, it opened up my eyes. I was like ‘what am I doing?” Repp explained. “I need to commit fully or not do this at all.”
She was not knew to MMA or to training at that point. She had always been in the gym. However, she had just not been dilligent or doing it for any real reason.
“I’ve been in and out of the gym for 9 or 10 years. But I’d get in and hit pads and just mess up on the weekends – go out or whatever,” she said. “There was no purpose behind it and I feel like when COVID happened I reevaluated my life and went for it.”
That reevaluation lead her to starting her training camps in Colorado and training with the best of the best. She is well into plans to move there on a permanent basis in order to maximize her growth as a martial artist. While that’s a scary time for some. It just fits the “Bosnian Bombshell”s personality.
“I’m either giving it my all or I’m not doing it at all,” Repp said. “Whether it’s my work, relationships or whatever – it’s just my personality.”
Repp will look to take that next big step as she faces Shannon Clark at LFA 170 main card. That fight will air on UFC Fight Pass this Friday.
You can hear the entire audio of this interview at 14:38.