Cris “Cyborg” Justino had a warm smile as she carried a small tote of fight gear into a Costa Mesa gym last week. She was wearing a black T-shirt of her image surrounded by the words “Fighter, Female, Fearless.”
It was an accurate description.
On July 29 at the Honda Center, the 32-year-old Brazilian from Orange County gets her long-awaited opportunity to have the UFC women’s featherweight belt fastened around her waist by the group’s president, Dana White.
“I trained for six years straight thinking, ‘One day, they’re going to need me,’ ” Justino said. “I had a hard time, cried a lot, but I always believed there was a plan for me.”
White once said that ...