We had the good fortune of connecting with Fernando Marrero and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Fernando, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
My faith in God & my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I’m an individual that was dealt a raw deal in Life & could’ve easily fell by the wayside. However my faith always remained staunchly unwavering.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
A Kid from the ghettos of Philadelphia, PA. Ex military turned mma fighter turned pro wrestler turned Hollywood Actor & stuntman.

Is a retired professional wrestler. Fernando was trained at Knokx Pro Wrestling Academy by 2015 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Solofa Fatu Jr. aka Rikishi, Reno Anoai aka The Count of California or The Black Pearl( of the famed Anoai Family/Samoan Dynasty), & WWE/International Wrestling Legend David Heath aka The Vampire Warrior or Gangrel.

Is a retired Brazilian Jiu Jitsu fighter & practitioner and He Holds a Black Belt under Professor Ricardo Wilke(Black Belt under Renato Magno – Rigan Machado Lineage – Street Sports). Fernando & Ricardo trained for many years with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Icon Xande Ribeiro(that’s where they met) while representing The Ribeiro Jiu Jitsu Association. Fernando has won numerous BJJ championships during his tournament competition days.

Fernando is a retired Professional Mixed Martial Arts(MMA) Fighter out of The World’s Famous Black House MMA Gym Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. He holds a professional win-loss record of 10 wins-2 losses & was a 2 time World Champion for Gladiator Challenge.

There are numerous dynamics that set me apart from everything & everyone else. From my unique look, to my countenance, my energy, my genuine authenticity to who I am & how I show love, represent, & go hard for the “UNDERDOG”. I love people & I love my culture.

The biggest flex is: I show up as me, the REAL me, & PEOPLE FEEL that shit!!! 💯

I’m most proud of FATHERHOOD. Fatherhood is an ESSENTIAL component to our society. As a Black Man, as a Man Of Color, I/WE have been targeted, marginalized, & disenfranchised since the inception of this nation. Though conditions have altered positively(depending on perspective) however we as a demographic have not reached our destination. It’s always been difficult envisaging it. I personally grew up w/ out a father & knew what I wanted & didn’t want when/if I ever had children. I knew without a shadow of doubt that I needed/wanted to disrupt & break the never-ending cycle of trauma & dysfunction in my bloodline, being an example not just for my progeny, but being a beacon of hope & possibility for US. I take great pride in being a father & have ALWAYS felt that part of my PURPOSE in this realm of existence was/is to be a PATRIARCH. PATRIARCHY is a PRIVILEGE & an OBLIGATION that can EFFECT POSITIVE IMPACTFUL CHANGE. #fatherhood #blackfathers #patriarch #family #masculinityatitsfinest #blacklove #blacklivesmatter #blackfamilies #breakinggenerationalcurses 👑💯❤

I got to where I’m at today by hardwork, sacrifice, failure, commitment, etc… I was this young kid that came frm Philly to LA with nothin but sheer grit & determination. In 2002. Here I am almost 20 years later & NEVER in a million lifetimes would think I’d be where I’m at.

I’m not where I wanna be…. yet, but sooo far from where i used to be. My life is definitely a TESTIMONY to ALL who have struggled & suffered. It’s NEVER TOO LATE…

I’ve learned to stay true to yourself & ALWAYS keep GOD as THE FOCAL POINT of your life.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
LEIMERT PARK, CRENSHAW DISTRICT, Hollywood, Sunset, Venice, Malibu, Santa Monica, Oxnard State Beach, Catalina, Dulan’s Harold & Belle’s, Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine, Mofongo’s, LA Live, etc etc the list of things to do in LOS ANGELES is unlimited….

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
God, my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, my kids, my significant other, various members of my family(immediate, extended, & friends), my former acting coach Choice Skinner of BREAKING THROUGH ACTING WORKSHOP, my agent Raynard Pearson of Work Talent, my managers Cheryl Martin & Troy Allen of CMA ENTERTAINMENT. HUGE SHOUTOUTS & NOTHING BUT LOVE & RESPECT TO ANY & ALL THAT HAVE HAD A HAND IN MY DEVELOPMENT THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. Also the HUGE & EVERLASTING impact & influence that my maternal grandparents had on my life. #RIP Santiago & Blanche Marrero.

My 1st martial arts coach Ahmad Reese 5th° degree black belt (Karate – under BKF system Grandmasters Steve Muhammad & Donnie Williams) & BJJ blackbelt – ( Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – Joe Moreira lineage)
I’d like to shout out Patrick King BJJ blackbelt under Royce Gracie(1 of my early instructors), Clarence Chaney (1 of my closest friends who is a family man, college professor, sports performance/strength & conditioning coach, former football player, & bjj practitioner/competitor.)
Shoutout to Professor Ron Henderson of RONSTOPUHBULL BJJ (CHECKMAT AFFILIATE) for continuing to carry the banner high for the art & the underdog specifically our people striving to bring Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/martial arts to the kids & people of underserved & marginalized communities… #REPRESENTATIONmatters
 I’d specifically like to shout out my son Jonovan. He is not only a CHAMPION in sport but a CHAMPION in life. I’m grateful to have been chosen by The Most High to be his father, just going for the ride witnessing his EVOLUTION was a blessing. I’m soooo proud of the young man he has become & look forward to the IMPACT that he will have on this industry & society. He’s a special kid & my best friend.

Website: www.thefernandomarrero.com

Instagram: @team_pba

Twitter: @TeamPBA4EVER

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fernando.smith.37

Other: www.imdb.me/fernandomarrero

Image Credits
Choice Skinner, Christopher Sheffield, Nick Gallo.

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