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.
Invicta FC 14: Evinger vs. Kianzad was a mixed martial arts event that took place on September 12, 2015. It was originally expected to be headlined by an Invicta FC Strawweight Championship bout between current champion Livia Renata Souza and undefeated top contender Alexa Grasso , however Grasso was forced to withdraw due to injury.  Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger was to defend her bantamweight title when she takes on Swedish fighter Pannie Kianzad in a contest originally scheduled as the co-main event. The day before the event, both fighters weighed in over the weight limit so the fight was changed to a non-title bout. JJ Aldrich was scheduled to fight Daniela Kortmann but Kortmann pulled out due to visa issues and was replaced by Rosa Acevedo. 
"I train so hard every day to improve my game, but I don't have the opportunity to show my game," she says. "I train everything. I train wrestling, I train jiu-jitsu, I like to suplex people, I like ground-and-pound, but in my fight I never have the opportunity. Of course I want to finish the fight as soon as possible, but my fans always say, 'Move a little bit more so you can show your game. I want your fight to go to second round so you can show more in your game.' I said, 'No, I want to finish it as soon as possible.' It would be nice to have a challenge. But the first fight for me is to make weight."