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2003 in sports describes the year’s events in world sport.

Years in sports: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006


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The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2003 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 28 UFC 41: Onslaught N/A   Atlantic City, New Jersey, US 13,401 60,000 This event marked the return of Tank Abbott to the UFC. This was Abbott's first fight since October 1998.
March 16 Pride 25: Body Blow N/A   Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 27 WEC 6: Return of a Legend N/A   Lemoore, California, US N/A N/A This event is noted for the return of Frank Shamrock in his first fight since retiring. Shamrock had not fought since December 2000.
April 25 UFC 42: Sudden Impact N/A   Miami, Florida, US 6,700 35,000 N/A
June 6 UFC 43: Meltdown N/A   Paradise, Nevada, US 9,800 49,000 UFC rule change, in the event of a stoppage fights restart in the position the fight was stopped.
June 8 Pride 26: Bad to the Bone Pride 26: Reborn   Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
August 10 Pride Total Elimination 2003 N/A   Saitama, Japan 40,316 N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2003 middleweight tournament.
September 26 UFC 44: Undisputed N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, US 10,400 94,000 N/A
October 5 Pride Bushido 1 N/A   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 10 Rumble on the Rock 4 N/A   Honolulu, Hawaii, US N/A N/A N/A
November 9 Pride Final Conflict 2003 N/A   Tokyo, Japan 67,450 N/A Present record holder for the highest attendance of a strictly MMA event.
Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2003 middleweight tournament.
Wanderlei Silva becomes the Pride 2003 middleweight Grand Prix champion.
November 21 UFC 45: Revolution N/A   Uncasville, Connecticut, US 9,200 40,000 N/A
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2003 N/A   Saitama, Japan 39,716 N/A Gary Goodridge announced he would retire from Pride FC at this event.
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! N/A   Nagoya, Japan 43,560 N/A Event featured six K-1 MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.



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