2002 in sports

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2002 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports

2002 in sports

Alpine skiingEdit

American footballEdit

Association footballEdit


Australian rules footballEdit




Canadian footballEdit


  • March 23 – death of Ben Hollioake, Surrey and England player, in a car crash
  • June 1 – death of Hansie Cronje, South African player still involved in match-fixing controversy, in an air crash
  • New Zealand are forced to abandon their tour of Pakistan after a bomb explodes outside their hotel in Karachi
  • County Championship (England and Wales) – Surrey CCC

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 2002 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 11 UFC 35: Throwdown N/A   Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 9,600 35,000 N/A
February 22 Pride The Best Vol. 1 N/A   Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
February 24 Pride 19: Bad Blood N/A   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 22 UFC 36: Worlds Collide N/A   Las Vegas, United States 10,000 55,000 This event featured the last UFC appearance's from Pat Miletich and Pete Williams.
April 28 Pride 20: Armed and Ready N/A   Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
May 10 UFC 37: High Impact N/A   Bossier City, Louisiana, United States 7,200 50,000 N/A
June 22 UFC 37.5: As Real As It Gets N/A   Las Vegas, United States 3,700 N/A This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Joe Rogan.
June 23 Pride 21: Demolition N/A   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
July 13 UFC 38: Brawl at the Hall N/A   Saitama, Japan 3,800 45,000 N/A
July 20 Pride The Best Vol. 2 N/A   Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
August 28 Pride Shockwave Dynamite!   Tokyo, Japan 91,108 N/A Event featured a Royce Gracie vs. Hidehiko Yoshida Jujutsu match and two K-1 kickboxing matches. This event holds the highest attendance for a predominately MMA event.
September 27 UFC 39: The Warriors Return N/A   Uncasville, Connecticut, United States 7,800 45,000 N/A
September 29 Pride 22: Beasts From The East 2 N/A   Nagoya, Japan N/A N/A N/A
November 22 UFC 40: Vendetta N/A   Las Vegas, United States 13,265 150,000 This event was the first to gain mainstream converge for a MMA event in the USA. The event also was noted as an important fiscal milestone for Zuffa and the UFC.
November 24 Pride 23: Championship Chaos 2 N/A   Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
December 23 Pride 24: Cold Fury 3 N/A   Fukuoka, Japan N/A N/A N/A




Rugby leagueEdit

Rugby unionEdit

Ski mountaineeringEdit




See also 2002 ATP Tour, 2002 WTA Tour


Water poloEdit

Winter OlympicsEdit

Multi-sport eventsEdit



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