SMASH VIII: Night of Champions was an extravagant event with the honoring of 4 individuals who have made a significant impact in the world of combat sports. Dolph Lundgren, Lou Ferrigno, “Sugar” Shane Mosley and Mickey Rourke received a lifetime achievement award during SMASHVIII. For the first time ever, SMASH Global crowned its first ever set of World Champions. The evening showcased 4 CHAMPIONSHIP bouts featuring fighters from Trinidad, Brazil, Ukraine, Russia, Japan and USA. The hashtag for the night was #SMASHBULLYING, and also in attendance were Smash Global’s Charitable Partner: The Collective Access. The Collective Access is on a mission to give kids access to resources that will expand their minds, opportunities, and dreams.
SMASH Global produces extravagant events showcasing professional MMA fighters, creating the most exciting black tie entertainment in the world. They give the sport of mixed martial arts what it deserves: The class and luxury of boxing, the raw excitement of professional MMA, and the extravagance of a black-tie gala into one can’t-miss experience. Previous honorees have included Hollywood Icon Mel Gibson, Legendary Boxing Trainer Freddie Roach, UFC Hall of Famers Tito Ortizand Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell, Martial Arts Action Star Steven Seagal, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Legend Rigan Machado, and Boxings Hardest Puncher Earnie Shavers. Live, professional MMA fights are held in a full-sized 24’ x 24’ cage, and sanctioned by the California State Athletic Commission. The winners move one step closer to their place in MMA history, and the audience have a front-row seat for all the action.
The company ‘SMASH Global’ was founded on four core tenets: Professional mixed martial arts is the most exciting form of entertainment and the future of all combat sports, networking is the single most important driver for creating new business opportunities, honoring those who have made a significant impact in the world of combat sports is of the upmost importance, and supporting a cause and giving back to the underserved and less fortunate. With professional mixed martial arts as the stage and a black-tie gala as the backdrop, SMASH Global delivers a unique experience that is one part sporting event, one part networking, one part award ceremony and all parts class and sophistication. Steve Orosco, MBA, MSM, is a former Wall Street broker, a professional MMA fighter and the Founder of SMASH Global. After years in the cage, Steve identified an opportunity to raise the level of class and sophistication in the sport by creating entertainment events for premium clientele. With an MBA, an MS degree and extensive professional fighting experience, Orosco is uniquely equipped to lead and manage a mixed martial arts (MMA) events organization.
The star-studded, black-tie affair SMASH Global VIII: Night of Champions featured four, championship bouts showcasing Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters from around the globe, alongside a world class dining experience, silent auction with proceeds benefitting The Collective Access and surprise entertainment, for what was the hottest event Hollywood + MMA has ever seen. In attendance were Dolph Lundgren (Creed 2/Aquaman), ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley (Boxing Hall of Famer), Lou Ferrigno (Pro-bodybuilder/the original Incredible Hulk), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Rigan Machado (jiu-jitsu master/celebrity trainer), Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran (Creed), Shawne Merriman(NFL Pro-Bowler), Mally Mal (rapper), Jimmy Jean Louis (Claws/Heroes), Ryan Guzman (9-1-1), Nick Tuturro (NYPD Blue),Casper Smart (Celebrity Choreographer), Gina Carano (Haywire/Deadpool), Jean Elie (Insecure), Khloe Terae (Social Media Influencer), Daz Crawford (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), Gabriel Gonzalez (Pro Cutman),Cynthia Rothrock (Actress/Martial Artist), Don ‘The Dragon’ Wilson (pro-kickboxing world champion), Steve Orosco (Founder & CEO of SMASH Global) and many more.