2001 in sports

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2001 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Alpine skiingEdit

American footballEdit

Association footballEdit


Australian rules footballEdit




Canadian footballEdit


  • February 25 – death of Sir Donald Bradman, Australian Test cricketer who retains the highest Test match batting average of 99.94
  • The Ashes – Australia defeats England 4–1
  • V.V.S. Laxman becomes the first Indian to score 250 in a Test match as India fight back from following on to win the Second Test against Australia, ending the Australians' record 16 match winning streak. India goes on to win the series 2–1.
  • County Championship (England and Wales) – Yorkshire
  • ICC Trophy – Netherlands

Cycle racingEdit

Road bicycle racing


Dogsled racingEdit

Field hockeyEdit

Figure skatingEdit


Gaelic Athletic AssociationEdit


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racingEdit

Horse racingEdit


Hurdle races

Flat races

Ice hockeyEdit


Mixed martial artsEdit

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2001 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 23 UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk   Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA First UFC event under ownership of Zuffa.
March 25 Pride 13 – Collision Course   Saitama, Japan This was the first Pride event allowing knee strikes to the head of someone in the "four-points" position.
May 4 UFC 31: Locked and Loaded   Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA UFC rule change, weight classes redefined to present standard. Introduces middleweight division.
May 27 Pride 14 – Clash of the Titans   Yokohama, Japan
June 29 UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands   East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA 12,500 This event marked the last appearance of longtime commentator Jeff Blatnick.
July 29 Pride 15: Raging Rumble   Saitama, Japan 27,323
September 24 Pride 16: Beasts From the East   Osaka, Japan This event featured the return of Don Frye in his first fight since June 1997.
September 28 UFC 33: Victory in Vegas   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 9,500 75,000 This was the first event to be sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
November 2 UFC 34: High Voltage   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 9,000 65,000
November 3 Pride 17: Championship Chaos   Tokyo, Japan This event featured the first two Pride title fights, for heavyweight and middleweight champions.
December 23 Pride 18: Cold Fury 2   Fukuoka, Japan




Rugby leagueEdit

Rugby unionEdit







Water poloEdit

Multi-sport eventsEdit



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