1997 in sports

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1997 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

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  • The Grand National Saturday meeting was abandoned after two coded bomb threats were received, causing evacuation of the course. The race was eventually run on the following Monday.


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The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1997 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 7 UFC 12: Judgement Day   Dothan, Alabama, United States 3,100 UFC rule change, split main tournament into heavyweight (200lbs+) and lightweight (Under 200lbs) divisions. Eight-man tournament ceases. Introduction of titles. Superfights cease.
May 30 UFC 13: Ultimate Force   Augusta, Georgia, United States 5,100 Closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only.
July 27 UFC 14: Showdown   Birmingham, Alabama, United States 5,000 UFC rule change, requires fighters to use 4–6 oz gloves.
October 11 Pride 1   Tokyo, Japan 47,860 Pride FC's first event.
The event featured one kickboxing bout between Branko Cikatić and Ralph White.
October 17 UFC 15: Collision Course   Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States UFC rule change, redefined permissible striking areas.
December 21 UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan UFC 15.5   Yokohama, Japan 5,000 This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Mike Goldberg.

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  1. ^ "Epsom Derby | History, Winners, & Facts | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved 4 January 2022.