S even weeks earlier, Justino stood in a concrete alleyway of a sprawling gray industrial complex, sending a 25-pound ball hurtling toward the earth. She had come to Orange Coast CrossFit with her friend, fellow fighter and fellow Brazilian Gabi Garcia, a 6-foot-2, 200-plus-pound physical spectacle, and the two grinded through a series of unrelenting strength and conditioning workouts. Justino gritted her teeth for 45 seconds on a rowing machine. She muscled through 45 more seconds of burpees, clutching 20-pound dumbbells. She rocketed up, then down, for 45 seconds worth of situps. She settled in for 45 more seconds of "slam balls." Even Justino felt winded. She put her hands to her hips, and for just a breath, she looked beat.