(speaking in foreign language) (audience shouting and chanting) (growling) – [Mariano] The motivation
and the fire was there, man. It was like, I still just, I had the anger and frustration from childhood (inspirational music) OK, I was a scrawny kid, so
I said let me start training like a bodybuilder. And I started getting
into the heavy lifting and I started lifting
at American Eagle Gym with all the monsters, man. (inspirational music) I wanted to quit see many times and life has a bigger
purpose than just ourselves. We all got a story, we all got a life that we could hopefully
impact and for the positive. (inspirational music) – [Narrator] Known as
Mariano Big Dawg Mendoza. – Hello you guys, is is Mariano Big Dawg AKA The One Man War, Big
Dawg, the original OG. The original Big Dawg. Straight from Compton. Actually, I lived in
Compton but I was born in LA General Hospital. You know, I can remember from
around six, seven years old, I remember bits and pieces. My mom said we grew up in Compton, my grandmother lived in Compton. I remember we lived in
a street called Bolas. I actually went to this elementary school called Bunche Elementary,
or Middle School. And basically, that’s all
I remember about Compton but I remember all my aunts and cousins, they were all from the gang of Compton. Tortilla Flats. All these, I was like, oh I
don’t know what a gang was. I was a wannabe gang guy, I did get jumped in a a gang, actually. One time, when I was seven
years old in Paramount. That was my only experience
and I’m not gonna exaggerate and say oh man, I grew
up from this neighborhood and I got jumped in, I
was a bad ass killer. No, I got beat up for 16 seconds by seven or eight youngsters,
I think I was around eight, nine, years old. And I was in Paramount, I did get beat up. And after I was bleeding a little bit, I went to go hug all my homies. And I guess they call it the pee wees ’cause we where youngsters
but yeah, we were stupid, that’s what I thought it was. These are my buddies and thank God, I think I only lasted three months ’cause we moved out of that neighborhood. – [Interviewer] Good. – So that was my story. And then around, actually,
that’s when I went into foster homes. So, it all started around that time just because my stepfather pretty much beat the shit out of me, hated me. I was one, he had three kids with my mom and my mom had two brothers,
a brother and a sister. So there was six of us. I was the oldest and of
course, I was hated the most for some reason. My stepfather, actually, was an alcoholic, he was really abusive and I’m the one that got the ass beating all the time. It was, I guess, still to this day, thank God I got some
counseling but I have PTSD and memories and bad
nightmares, sometimes. And then my mom, she had it rough too. And I finally found
this out 30 years later. And my mom, me and her,
we built a relationship. When she lost her husband,
I think it’s been about 12 years ago, she started
thinking and changing and he was like the god figure in her life ’cause he provided for her,
my mom never really worked. And then I got counseling,
I was a veteran, I served two branches of the military. That is what really changed my life right out of high school. My foster dad, he was
a World War II veteran, he fought in Iwo Jima in Japan. War hero, he showed all
of these battle pictures and I was like wow, man, I
wanna be like my stepfather. So my foster parents were
the motivating factor of me trying build up. And my foster dad and parents, they said Mariano, you can do anything you want, you can be what you want. You just gotta focus and put in hard work. And you know, I learned with them, I had to work, I do my chores. I didn’t learn that obviously, you know. So nine years in foster homes,
MacLaren and boys homes. And I’ll explain what all those are because they’re all different
and they’re horrible places to be in. My social worker, and we had counseling while I was in the foster homes, boys homes, MacLaren Hall,
they said do you want to back? No no, so my other brothers and sisters, they went back a couple years later. I said no, I don’t because for all I know, he might kill me. That was, all he had to do
was, it was not impossible. Let’s just say that. (soft music) It all started here in Norwalk, actually, with a karate studio down the street over on Pioneer Boulevard. My instructor was Richard Rainwater. He was a kung fu, karate instructor. That was the first martial arts-er that I actually learned. And I actually started getting pretty good and I had long legs so
I had a little bit of a, that is what you wanted in
martial arts, was long legs. So my kicking was really
good and I got into more of the hand stuff. And I did my first karate tournament at the Long Beach
Internationals in Long Beach. That was actually the world
famous karate tournament that everybody remember that Bruce Lee did the one inch punch in. That was with Ed Parker,
Ed Parker was the, that was the biggest
international karate tournament in the world in Long Beach. So people got ready once
a year, from all around the world to come. So, I was getting ready for a kumite, it’s like a sparing but a point sparing, so it’s basically how fast you can hit a certain part of the body,
and there’s certain circles. So I did my first tournament
and I did pretty good. I got second place. So that was pretty good
for my first time ever. And I was surprised. I did my first, it was
a muscular dystrophy karate kumite tournament in Norwalk also, and that was at the auditorium
of Excelsior high school. That was my very first
time into any martial arts. And I just knew that my
kicks were incredible. I had really quick, good kicks. And my karate instructor
didn’t even tell me but after, I think, four, five months I was training and he had me spar again. So I’m gonna have you
spar against this guy and I’m like oh man. And he told me this guy’s a black belt. So, I was kinda nervous
and I was like wow, I’m sparing with a black
belt, that’s kinda scary. And I was barely starting off,
I was probably a white belt or the next belt above that. In every martial art,
there’s different colors. So I actually went in there
and i got a little nervous, but after a while, my
confidence was really good. And I actually almost beat the black belt, I almost beat him. And that is when I said
alright, this is fun. And before that, I was at another gym in Long Beach called Long Beach Kickboxing with an instructor named Oumry. And it was Muay Thai. Now, Muay Thai is a different
type of martial arts, it’s elbows and knees and
it’s the Thailand type of martial arts. And it’s more intense,
out of all the stand up martial arts, that one is the most brutal. And I was trained there on
and off for a couple of years. I was at Muay Thai academy
in North Hollywood. I was just gym hopping,
going all the way around. And I finally, I stuck
at LA boxing for a while ’cause that’s where I was living. I was in the Navy first. I actually, it’s kinda
weird, I was in ROTC, I don’t know if you
remember what that was. – [Interviewer] Yeah, I do. – [Mariano] But in high
school, they use to call us the nerds. Oh, look at the nerds, we use the dress up on Fridays with our uniform
and salute and branch. And actually, I was a platoon
leader, I did some parades. So I was like alright, this is cool. I did the Navy ROTC, the Army ROTC, I went to three different high schools and I enlisted somehow before
I graduate high school, which was a program called
the delayed entry program. So, officially I was in
the Navy, registered, and I went to bootcamp
right after I graduated. Literally like, the next
day or the day after, I was in boot camp in San Diego. I did that, it didn’t go too well. I got sick, I got some
PTSD, some stuff like that. I was in the Panama
conflict, it wasn’t a war but it was a conflict with
Noriega, people remember that. I got out, went to Cerritos College, and then a couple years
later, I said, you know what, let me join the Army. And I joined the Army
and I did both boot camps and I did two branches of the military which not so many people do. So I was that motivated,
I was a platoon leader. I did my training at Fort
Leonard Wood, Missouri. I was an E4, which is a pretty good rank. – [Interviewer] Yeah. – I wasn’t high ranking but considering I was a total of six years in the Army, National Guard Reserve and
about two years in the Navy. God put me in those
situations, he blessed me, put me around the best people. Because in order to be
the best in the world, you have to train with the best, you have to be with the best. And that’s what I did, I trained with some of the best guys in the world,
World Champion to this day. (hip hop music) I was one of the biggest
roid dealers in LA at one time for a couple of years. And of course I got busted,
I was on probation for that. And I wanna tell all you guys out there, especially the young kids
out there that are in sports, it doesn’t pay off to go and
get in that shit and cheat. I’m still paying the
price for some of that, I had surgeries on my knee. And basically, the muscle
gets strong and big but the tendons are not strong and big, so you tear tendons,
you tear muscles and– – [Interviewer] This is from steroids? – Steroids, not warming up enough, not training the tendons,
not training correctly. But here’s the thing I tell people, steroids help build muscle,
they help with strength and technique, strength
and all those things. But remember this, you
can take all the steroids in the world, but you, if
you don’t put in the time and you don’t eat right and
you just bullshit around and take roids, you’re
not gonna get no results. Now the thing is, if you
train and you’re dedicated and discipline like I
was, then you’re gonna get good results. And the only reason why I got into it was because, OK you know
what, I started competing and I’m like shit, I’m
getting my ass kicked. Why am I coming and last
and that kinda sucked. And they didn’t even call your name, there was like 10 guys and like, alright, see you next time. And then within a year,
I started competing, I started winning. I won Muscle Beach, all
these other competitions. And then I felt like a guinea
pig, try this and try that. – [Interviewer] Really,
they tell to try it? – Oh yeah, they said mix it all up. And a lot of bodybuilders,
they do anything, and I mean anything. And I tell you, I’m just
so blessed and thankful that I stopped. I stopped because I’ve
seen some of these guys, heart attacks and weird stuff. Arnold, he had some stuff going on. Lou Ferrigno, Van Damme. Many celebrities that you
see out there, you know. If you’re in your 19s, 18, 19, 20, that’s probably a lot less natural. But you can tell when
somebody’s in the juice. Most of the time, you’ll
see big upper bodies and chicken legs. (laughing) – [Interviewer] Ah, that’s how. Chicken legs, I gotta watch out for that. – Yeah in Muscle Beach,
it was really popular ’cause it was like man,
this guy is jacked. Big arms, big shoulders. But my legs are pretty good right now and that’s like, you know, like I said, the only thing I do take on and off is testosterone replacement. But I don’t think it is
to get bigger or stronger, I use it to maintain. After you get over 40, the doctor says you know what, if you can
afford it, you can do it, it can help you. That’s the only thing I take on and off. But other then that, I don’t
take any of the other stuff, especially the pills,
they’re really bad for you. HGH is actually pretty good. A lot of celebrities take that because, it’s not a steroid but
it’s a growth hormone that basically, you don’t
even have to work out and you’ll get a six pack. – So, I don’t wanna say names
but there’s a lot of actors out there, take their
shirt off and are like, man, how did he get those abs? The guy is 40 years old
and he looked like a slob a year ago, now he’s got a six pack. There you go. If somebody gets a six pack
and looks in great shape and there over 40, they’re
probably using something. And I’m just telling you straight up, I used the shit, I competed,
but here’s the thing, I did something with it. There’s a lot of guys
that are on the juice, they don’t do shit with it. It’s just, look at me, look at the girls, they wanna see the hard
rock body, ba, ba, ba. I’m like, what is that doing for you? And that’s where I got into fighting. So I said, I’m making
money, my first fight I got $3000 to fight Francisco Bueno. It was a World Championship. Now, that paid. So yeah, I started at Eagle Gym and this was one of them
places that you call a powerhouse. You know how they have
a gym called Powerhouse, this is a true powerhouse. This is like a true body
builders, power lifters, and not just regular
power lifters, these guys were strong power lifters, world class. And people were, I would come
in there and I’d see guys working out with three
plates, four plates, warming up with that. And then working their
way up to six or seven plates on each side. And CT was my role model, that’s the guy who I had looked up to. ct Fletcher, he was Mr.
Inglewood into bodybuilding back in the days. I did it two or three
years and I got as big as I could get naturally. And I said, what are
these guys doing, man? There were big guys
lifting some heavy weight and it took me, first I
started off with 225, 240, 300, 340 and then I’m I’m like wow, I got stuck about the 340 mark. And then I started lifting with these guys and CT and those guys, come on! I mean, it was like
you’d see weight lifting chalk powder everywhere. Guys with their lifting
suits on with the belts, this was back then when they used belts in weight lifting suits. And these guys are serious. And they’d be yelling and
slapping each other in the face. I was like oh shit, this
is really cool, man. I like this. And they started a thing
called the strict curl. And that started a little
small thing in Venice, started here actually
in American Eagle Gym, there was a couple competitions. And I broke one of my world records here. A three year period, I competed for about two or three years. It finally came to the point where I was one of the top lifters in the world. Now, the World Powerlifting
Strict Curl Association was started here, and the competitions were officially started at Venice Beach, at, I think, 225. And I got the second
heaviest lift at 218, 220. I got two different records. – Mariano Mendoza! (audience cheering and applauding) – [Narrator] He is the
first heavyweight Mexican to fight pro-world cage
fighter for a heavyweight belt. One of the greatest
MMA boxers, kickboxers, actors, of all time. – That’s was way back
when we were neighbors. And that’s my stepfather’s family. But yeah, this whole house, they must’ve shrunk it down or something (laughing) It use to be wider, the property. But yeah man, this
probably where I remember most of my childhood. A lot of it, here in the
One Ways on Cheshire. I remember I graduated
John Glenn from here. And I was semi better than where I was over at Paramount,
Paramount was the worse. Compton, all that other stuff. Right here was pretty bad too. But that use to be a flat roof house, so they remodeled the whole house. But it was all, it was all jacked up. And my uncle lived over here too, with us. I remember he tried to kill himself, stabbed himself with a kitchen knife. And you know, just the
memories is not 100 percent but I just remember this is a big part of where I kinda changed my life. To me, I think it’s official,
I’m one of the strongest, most athletic athletes,
actors, Hispanic actors, Hispanic athletes, that’s well rounded. I mean, I was competing
with the best fighters in the world, in MMA. I was competing with the best
weight lifters in the world. – [Narrator] He is considered
the Hispanic version, of Debo, Van Damme,
martial artists and thug. He’s the first Hispanic
heavyweight cage fighter to fight in the WVC in Brazil and Jamaica. He’s known as OLEG is the
video game Saint Row 3. He has numerous world record titles such as Muscle Beach Strong Man 1995 and 1996. And he has the World
Record at 220 pounds with the Strict Curl and it is
undefeated to this day. – I was training with a couple of trainers at Gold’s Gym and then
I was training actually with some of the other trainers. I worked with Frank
Shamrock and Chuck Liddell. And I was working on my ground game, I was working on my wrestling, jujitsu. And basically, Mariano, we
got an opportunity for you. You wanna fight for, it’s
called The Super Fight. Basically the Super Fight is like the big, muscular guys, the heavyweights. The main event, I was the main event. I was like… – [Interviewer] Wow. So they, what happened
was Francisco Bueno, you guys can look this up, he couldn’t find an opponent to fight him so Frederico Lapenda, who’s a big, he’s a big movie producer, by the way, if you guys don’t know. If you remember the movie Apocalypses Now, those military movies, what are those? The old ones, bad ass movies. He was involved with producing that. He was one of the producers involved with Thrilla in Manila with Muhammad Ali. So I fought for this guy,
this guy was a big promoter. He worked with, I can’t
even remember the names, but just look it up, World Vale Tudo, Super Fight 2001, 2002,
I had three Super Fights. And when I got in there, it was crazy. I mean it was, your fighting in Brazil– – [Interviewer] Brazil! – And here’s the scary thing. When your going and your fighting there, at that moment, a couple
years ago, somebody died in the cage fight. There was a couple of deaths that happened and that’s because the
referee didn’t really… There was a lot of blood and guts. When I went to go fight, I
seen someones tooth there, I’ve seen some blood here. I’ve even seen pieces of skin over here. And that’s the way it
was, it was vale tudo, which in Portuguese means anything goes. So bare knuckles, you
can kick to the balls, you can step on the toes, toe stomping. You can headbutt right here, the head but. – [Interviewer] Oh my gosh. – So it was really no rules. The only thing you couldn’t
do is fish hook on the eyes or the mouth doing that. Those kind of things were not allowed, but it was basically
hardcore, I don’t wanna say street fighting ’cause you
had to know how to punch, you had to know how to kick, you had to know these techniques. But not like it is now. – [Interviewer] Is it more dangerous now? – You know what, it’s safer now, but it takes a lot more work now. You have to have a lot more technique. More money but just
remember, it’s also harder to get into the UFC. It’s harder to get into
these organizations. Bellator, you know. Bellator is like the sister of UFC. I was the right time at the right place, and my first fight in vale
tudo, it wasn’t cable, it was televised, I was famous over there. Mariano Big Dawg! And then if they saw me,
if you listen to some of the comments, Mariano Big Dawg Mendoza, where the Crips and the Bloods fear him, and I was like, when I
heard that, I was like… And i told the commentator bro, why did you have to say that? (laughing) They can just go out
there and shoot me, man! That’s was kinda cool because
I was Mad Dawg Mendoza. Big Dawg, Mad Dawg, that was my thing. And I was the biggest
heavyweight to fight in Brazil in that organization. I was 270 pounds, jacked. I looked like Arnold Schwarzenegger but I could kick like Van Damme. I could kick like, who else? Chuck Norris or Dolph Lundgren. I was fast, I was doing
double kicks in the air five feet up, at 270 pounds. My pictures, go to my Facebook. Back then, the internet was not big. If I would’ve, I hate to
say it but if I would’ve had all that stuff on
YouTube, I would be viral, I guarantee it. (guns clocking) (vehicle approaching) – Fucking pigs. – Relax. Think about it, we smoke this little punk, shit’s gonna hit the fan, homie. Better to keep Manny in the pocket, you know what I’m saying? I got a plan, homie. I got a plan. ♫ From the ghetto berg ♫ If you ain’t a man of your word ♫ Then you’ll never be heard ♫ It takes hard work confidence
determination validation ♫ To knock your enemies
right out of the competition – Ryan Combs, he owns a company
called Iron Hot Production. He basically did, he had
a deal with Lionsgate. I don’t know if you know,
Lionsgate is pretty well known. – [Interviewer] Huge. – So he was one of the
first guys that actually, he got a contract with Lionsgate. They said you know
what, here’s some money, make us three movies a year. I didn’t really know that
Lionsgate had did that, but he was one of the,
I wanna say, pioneers. I call myself a pioneer
of a lot things, you know. Bodybuilding Latinos and
this and Latino fighters, Latino weight lifters, Latino thugs. And so I did my first movie
called Gangster Party. And it’s funny because
I had a speaking role and it was in Spanish and
I still remember the line. (speaking in foreign language) And that was like, would
you like something else? And I was a hit man and
this lady’s in the Jacuzzi and I try to kill her with the rope. And her bodyguard, she
has a lady bodyguard, basically shoots me,
and she comes out with a pair of scissors, says
she’s gonna cut his balls off. I’m like, oh man. And when she says I’m
gonna cut his balls off, I’m dead and I’m like ha, ha, ha! Mariano, you’re not suppose
to laugh, your dead. So I was like, that was my… (Mariano laughing) And I cut his balls off with the scissors. It was funny, he had
the scissors and like, ha, ha, ha, I’m dead. No come on, you gotta play
a better dead than that. Hey, first time but it
was a speaking role. And then I did Gangster
Party, and that was the one with Kurupt. I actually break Kurupt’s leg. I break his neck. It’s actually, no I’m
sorry, the movie was called I Accidentally Domed Your Son. And domed is a ghetto name for killed, I domed your son. And so Ryan had gotten me in that movie. And I did another one called Crooked Cops, I was doing something there. I didn’t really wanna be an actor. – [Interviewer] Really? – Nah, nah, I just, this
is cool man, this is cool. – [Interviewer] It’s
really fun to get into. – Yeah, exactly, exactly. And I think why I got the opportunity, I was like two years,
I didn’t have no agent. Central Casting was like,
they were my buddies. And I tell everybody my three, I don’t wanna say rags to riches, but my story about central
casting, three times. One time, background, I got
upgraded to a speaking role. – [Interviewer] Wow. – OK that was, I can’t
remember what movie that was. I didn’t get the upgrade on the play read, but I upgraded to a speaking role. The other time, I did a stunt, I got word to do a stunt from background. And guess who gave me
that part and told me I did a great job? The famous director, Oliver Stone said dude, you’re gonna be somebody
’cause your gonna do good. No, he told me this, your
gonna get far in this business. – [Interviewer] Oh wow. – [Mariano] And I wish I had a recording, you know how those people say nah, really? I wish to God I had a recorder when he gave me that compliment. – [Interviewer] Wow he
said that, that’s amazing. – That motivated me from a background guy, he goes I want you to chop
people up, ba, ba, ba. You can see him in the movie, I’m the guy torturing Damian Bichair. Benicio, yeah i was one
of his main henchmen. – [Interviewer] That’s amazing. – [Mariano] I was like
wow, this is Benicio. We were in San Pedro filming and we were suppose to be in Mexico and
we were in this rundown hotel. – [Interviewer] Oh God. – It was like oh wow, this is crazy. So Central Casting,
nothing but good things. And then I got this thing called upgrade and specialty parts, I
don’t know if you know what that is but that’s like
you’re not just a background but your a specialty. Or you’re basically
better than background. – [Interviewer] Wow, so
you actually get to talk a little bit. – Yes, exactly. Or you get to, (humming and grunting) and technically those aren’t words, so. But you’re gonna laugh at this. I registered with LA Casting as a non rep. And it was, what? LA Casting? I thought you had to pay? I go, you have to pay
for it but you tell them you’re looking for a rep and it’s funny, I had seven agents, not seven five agents that wanted to represent me. – [Interviewer] That’s amazing. – One of them I didn’t do too well but there is one over
there by Universal Studios. What’s that one street right there? – [Interviewer] Oh uh… – They’re kinda big but
there a well known agency. I had three agents representing me. How do you do that? Well, I kinda lied, no I
don’t have representation across the board. This is commercial, this is theatrical. Oh but this one represents me for stunts and this one represents me for voiceover. Oh, this one represents me for print work. So I bullshitted my way. – [Interviewer] Right,
right and that worked. – Got trouble a couple of times because they both double booked me. And then I got two managers. So right now, I got two
agents and two managers, I use to have five altogether. People say wow, Mariano. – [Interviewer] So is it
good to have a lot agencies? I know people wanna get a primary agent. – People do want to get a primary agent, and I tell people hey,
if you can get a great primary agent, go for it. But here’s the thing, just
remember you’re putting all your egg in one basket. And if they’re a big agency,
it like a William Morris, that’s super big, you’re
gonna be at the bottom of the list and you’re
not gonna be sent out. They’re focusing on the big money makers. But if you’re with a
good agent but let’s say he’s a B level agent, those
guys, I tell everybody, Nancy Chaidez, they are my William Morris. They’re my Endeavor. I don’t need Endeavor, I
mean it’s nice to have those. I mean, Danny Trejo and
Emilio, Gloria represent them. Gloria use to represent
all of the home boys but then she got the top
type of thug characters, Emilio, Danny Trejo, Noel G. But I got them, I got
CESD to represent me. CESD was one of the biggest voiceover agencies in Hollywood, they’re
based in Beverly Hills. And I kinda screwed that up. – [Interviewer] Oh. – Yeah, I got discouraged
and I started missing too many auditions and it kinda sucked. They actually got me some
good jobs toward the end. But they represent professional athletes. – [Interviewer] Oh wow. – Yeah, they actually
represent WWE superstars, they represented Hulk Hogan at one time. They represented, I think, John Cena. They represented Lou Ferrigno. So they do the voiceover
and professional athletes. Since I was a professional
fighter and I got paid for it, that makes you professional. Amateur is nice but when
then say professional, and I fought for titles,
I fought for belts, if you see my pictures, you see the belt, I basically fought for belts. So when your fighting for belts, that gives you more credibility
as you are a professional who fought for three world title belts. Persistency, persistency, persistency. Dedication. I went one time, I’m not exaggerating, 15, 10 auditions, didn’t get shit. I’m like oh, they hate this. And I’m talking, I spent parking, you know parking, gas, driving. Let’s say I spent $180. OK, it doesn’t seem like
a lot but when you keep on doing that and doing
that, OK what is this, something gonna come through? And then, when you least expect it, if you stick it out that little extra, stick it out that seventh
audition, learn from it. One of my acting coaches says an audition, look at it as not only
training but look at it as you’re getting an
opportunity for that job. You’re getting the interview. And if you’re getting that audition, that means they like you. And if you get a call back,
that means they really like you. And I got unveils and most of the time, the veils I get and
something ah, they change. And one thing I learn
from my acting coach, he goes Mariano, at this
level you’ve been at this what, nine years, 10 years. You got a great resume,
you got almost 90 credits in IMDB, which is– – [Interviewer] 90? – Almost 90, which is
more than most actors have in eight years. And I was just like you know what, I’ll just keep on pounding, man. And I love it. And that’s the thing,
if you don’t love it, you don’t have that passion
and you’re just doing it just for fame… And I remember this
guy in the pirate show, the black guy that walked on
the water, I worked with him on Pirates of the Caribbean. And he goes man, everybody
knows me from that. He goes, but you know
what, I don’t want to be that famous actor from that,
I wanna be the working actor. (soft music) This woman changed my life. We met at a nightclub of all places. And usually people that
meet people at nightclubs, I don’t know how it works out. But regardless of that, it was, we met at this club. We we’re friends and going on seven years, we’ve known each other. And she’s changed my life,
change my way of thinking. She’s smart, she’s
intelligent, great personality. And you know, they say
behind every strong man, there’s a strong woman. And I actually hate to
say this, the thing is, without the strong woman,
you won’t have a strong man. In relationships, I tell everybody, anybody can have a relationship, but it’s keeping it, maintaining it and learning to love
each other unconditional, taking each others faults. And when you learn to not
make it just about you and you make it about them,
and you work together, it works out, man. So it’s been an incredible journey. And I just tell people, it’s understanding. Forgiving each other,
working with each other. Nobody has it perfect. But it’s been an incredible challenge, she’s speech therapist. And my stepdaughter’s awesome, Ashley. And I actually have a daughter too, who is 21 years old, Uletha. She’s my only daughter
and she’s graduating from Humboldt State University. That’s what my focus right now. And you always gotta have something bigger than just yourself ’cause if not, what is yourself gonna do
with it, with yourself? But if you have somebody else to love, then you got something to work with. My hope is that my story,
my untold story will change lives, will give
hope to the hopeless, to the underdogs out there. To the people that people have told them, you know what, don’t do
it, you won’t make it. You know what, just don’t listen to it. All things are possible. All things are possible. All things are possible with God. And more importantly, you got to… I just hope that it inspires,
changes, never quit. Start where you finish,
it’s really important. Even if it takes you a while to finish it, start where you finish. And don’t take no for an answer. And don’t listen to haters. If you have haters, you’re
doing something right. Look up, be around
people that are positive. Find a higher power. Just believe, trust and do, be a doer. I would say actions
speak louder than words, but follow the actions with the words. And you know, you can’t do it by yourself,
it takes a village, but just have a couple of
friends, a couple of people that believe in you. And I just think that
my story will inspire. And like I said, anything is possible, no matter where you come from in life. You had a rough life,
you had an easy life, focus on what you wanna do. And don’t make excuses. Keep on fighting. If you fall, get back up. Fall don’t one time,
two times, three times, get back up, man, and move forward. And like I said, don’t be discourage, even if people say oh, that was alright. From a World Champion
athlete, from a World Champion fighter, never quit, never quit. Because if you, you can quit for
circumstances and situations and injuries, but if you try 110 percent, I guarantee you you’re
gonna be happy, I guarantee you’re gonna see some success. If you get, go to 10 auditions,
oh man, nothing’s going on, I’m discouraged, just work on your craft. You might get knocked down
but you’re not knocked out. And give hope and encourage those. You know, when you help
others and you don’t think about yourself,
you’ll be blessed because things will come naturally to you because you’re not being
selfish all the time. And at the same time, you do wanna succeed so you can be a blessing to others. If you succeed, all the people around you, hopefully you help them. And that’s what I’ve always done. Help a hand, give a hand, lift them up. Encourage them, help them out. Give them a little, if
they need financial help, do what you can. Words and actions are powerful. And I wish that everybody
will appreciate this video. And like I said, you need
a team to create things, to make things happen. The story is not about
me, it’s about you guys and what you can do. And faith in yourself and
faith in your higher power. Keep up in the fight, stay
in the fight, no matter what. ♫ So who wants it with this one man war ♫ 6’2 pushing 500 meters or more ♫ Raised in Watts and no
lock was one ways played ♫ Strangers lonely ass
where his pitbull stayed ♫ Gunning them and running
them huh in for you neck (rapping in foreign language) ♫ Give that man some respect ♫ Taking trips all across the globe ♫ First Mexicano to fight
in a championship show ♫ Well known as the Mexican Debo ♫ Call him a freak show,
he’s more of a hero ♫ Came a long way from the ghetto berg ♫ If you ain’t a man of your
word then you never be heard ♫ It takes hard hard work confidence ♫ Determination validation
to knock your enemies ♫ Right out of the competition ♫ And there’s a chip on the
shoulder they call him The Don ♫ Take a look at his
life MarianaMendoza.com ♫ Who want it with the one man war ♫ Who want it with the one man war ♫ Who want it with the one man war ♫ Coming from California
coming from California ♫ Who want it with the one man war ♫ Who want it with the one man war ♫ Who want it with the one man war ♫ Coming from California
coming from California (rap music)

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