Movie and television star, action hero and

seventh degree black belt Aikido master,

International icon Steven Segal

HOLLYWOOD (Wed, February 22, 2017)– Steven Fredric Seagal was born on April 10th, 1952 in Lansing, Michigan. His mother, Patricia, was a medical technician and his Russian father, Samuel, was a math teacher. At a young age, Seagal, had passion for music and martial arts, and commenced his martial arts training at the age of seven under the tutelage of Master Sakamoto from Okinawa, and karate instructor and author Fumio Demura, after which he went on to study Aikido with Kioshi Ishisaka. He travelled to Japan at the age of 17, where he taught English and perfected his martial arts skills. Seagal travelled all over Asia studying from any and all masters he could to perfect his art.

During this time he studied Kung Fu, Tai Chi, sword, grappling and knife fighting. He also engaged in special operations, providing security for Diplomats and Royals in hostile territories. Following his 18 years in Asia, Seagal returned to the US where he continued his special security details around the world. This paved the path that led him to many offers in the movie industry. His extreme talents in martial arts casted him into the limelight in ‘Above the Law’, which proved to be an instant hit and was well received. His arrival in Hollywood was timely as this was when the high-octane action movie genre, to which he was well suited, was thriving.

Following his debut in 1988, he appeared in ‘Hard to Kill’ (1990) as a police detective, which secured his status as a hard-hitting action hero. This was followed by hyper-violent ‘Marked for Death’ in 1990 as well as ‘Out for Justice’ in 1991. 

He starred in 1992’s ‘Under Siege’, which saw him take on characters played by Tommy Lee Jones and Gary Busey in an action packed adventure. A commercial success, the movie was well received by both audiences and critics and helped to establish Seagal further, paving the way for the 1995 sequel, ‘Under Siege 2: Dark Territory’. After this, he appeared as an oil fire expert who turns against his corrupt CEI, played by Michael Caine, in the 1994 film ‘On Deadly Ground’. He also starred in ‘The Glimmer Man’ (1996) and ‘Executive Decision’ (1996), although his character in the latter was killed earlier in the movie, as his big name status appeared to have only been for marketing purposes. Aside from acting, he remains a student of Buddhism and spends hours meditating, studying, and healing. He played an environmental agency troubleshooter in ‘Fire Down Below’. His work on the silver screen continued with countless other films. 2010 saw him star in director Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete’. He then focused on the small screen appearing in action crime drama ‘True Justice’ from 2010, with the series still going strong in 2012. He also starred in the film ‘Maximum Conviction’.

Another aspect of Seagal’s personality is shown in his history and talent in music, with his songs featuring in some of his films including ‘Fire Down Below’ (1997). He released his first album ‘Songs from the Crystal Cage’ in 2005, which quickly climbed charts worldwide. The CD contains titles for the American ultra consonances of blues and folk music, as well as the world of Reggae, Arabic and African music, with prestigious artist including Ruth Brown and Stevie Wonder. The follow-up ‘Mojo Priest’ released in April 2006. Seagal has seven children. Steven and Erdenetuya Seagal are married and have been together for fifteen years. The couple has a son named Kunzang.
SMASH Global returns to Hollywood’s Taglyan Complex on Thursday, Feb 23 for a spectacular first-of-its-kind Pre-Oscar Fight Gala. Join us in honoring Steven Seagal with a SMASH lifetime achievement award, while we host live professionally sanctioned MMA bouts.
SMASH Global produces extravagant events showcasing professional MMA fighters, creating the most exciting black tie entertainment in the world. Founded by professional mixed martial artist and entrepreneur Steve Orosco, SMASH Global gives the sport of mixed martial arts what it deserves: The class and luxury of boxing, the raw excitement of MMA, the extravagance of Hollywood and the elegance of a black-tie gala into one can’t-miss event.

*Previous Honoree’s have included Legendary Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach and UFC Hall of Fame Inductee Tito Ortiz.

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Event Name: SMASH Global V: Pre-Oscar Black Tie MMA Gala
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Event Time: 6:45pm – 11pm
Red Carpet Entrance: Taglyan Complex 1201 Vine St, Los Angeles
Attire: Black-tie Suggested
F&B: Hosted Bar + Plated Dinner
Age: This is a 21+ event
Misc: Musical Performance by Rachel Royale. Live Art Featuring Celebrity Artist Pako Pablos. Beautiful Silent Auction Display by Signature Events.

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The honoring of a high profile individual who has made a significant impact in the world of combat sports. SMASH Global will present this influencer with a SMASH lifetime achievement award. Previous honorees have included Legendary Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach and UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz.

• Live, professional MMA fights in a full-sized 24’ x 24’ cage.

• 10 talented mixed martial artists will compete in 5 thrilling professional bouts sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. The winners will move one step closer to their place in MMA history, and the audience will have a front-row seat for all the action.

• Previous attendees have included: Legendary Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach, World Champion MMA Fighter Dominick Cruz, UFC Hall of Famer, Tito Ortiz,

NBA Legend, Dennis Rodman, Actor Omar Miller of “Ballers,” Boxing Hall of Famer, Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns, World Champion Boxer “Sugar” Shane

Mosley, Actor Frank Grillo who starred as Crossbones in “Captain America: Civil War,” Grammy nominated Artist Frank Stallone and many more.

• Spectate from VIP round-table seating at the esteemed just 5 feet from the cage.

• The opportunity to network with an exclusive crowd of elite business professionals in a thrilling VIP setting

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Reserved Ballroom Seating – $500
VIP Table for 10 – $5,000 – $10,000
Ticket includes: Hosted bar, world-class plated dinner, celebrity meet and greets, award ceremony, live sanctioned MMA fights, and cage access for post-fight photo opportunities.
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Located in the heart of Los Angeles, Taglyan Complex’s offers far more than a breathtaking backdrop for Southern California’s most noteworthy entertainment events, fashion shows, and star studded affairs.

Though the venue’s beautiful European-inspired décor and custom-made 5,000 square foot stained glass ceiling never fail to leave guests speechless, Taglyan Complex’s contributions to the community are equally as impressive as the formal celebrations that take place within its iron gates and stately limestone exterior.

Since opening in 2008, the venue has worked tirelessly with numerous charities to improve the lives of those in need, and has been recognized by city, state, and national publications for both its philanthropic works and for its excellence as an event venue.


SMASH Global is founded by professional MMA – Mixed Martial Artist and entrepreneur Steve Orosco.

SMASH Global combines the class and luxury of boxing, the raw excitement of MMA, and the elegance of a black-tie gala into one can’t-miss event.

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