2004 in sports

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2004 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

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2004 in sports

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  • November 21 – India wins the first-ever World Cup kabaddi championship defeating Iran in the final held at Mumbai.


Mixed martial artsEdit

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2004 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 16 WEC 9: Cold Blooded N/A   Lemoore, California, United States N/A N/A N/A
January 31 UFC 46: Supernatural N/A   Las Vegas, United States 10,700 80,000 N/A
February 1 Pride 27: Inferno N/A   Osaka, Japan 13,366 N/A N/A
February 15 Pride Bushido 2 N/A   Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 14 K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata N/A   Niigata, Japan N/A N/A Event featured five K-1 kickboxing bouts, and four K-1 MMA bouts.
April 2 UFC 47: It's On! N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 11,437 105,000 This event featured a highly anticipated fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
April 25 Pride Total Elimination 2004 N/A   Saitama, Japan 42,110 N/A Opening round to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
May 21 WEC 10: Bragging Rights N/A   Lemoore, California, United States N/A N/A N/A
May 22 K-1 MMA ROMANEX N/A   Saitama, Japan 14,918 N/A N/A
May 23 Pride Bushido 3 N/A   Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A This event was highlighted by three fights between Team Gracie and Team Japan.
June 19 UFC 48: Payback N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 10,000 110,000 N/A
June 20 Pride Critical Countdown 2004 N/A   Saitama, Japan 43,711 N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
July 19 Pride Bushido 4 N/A   Nagoya, Japan N/A N/A This event was highlighted by three fights between Brazilian Top Team and Team Japan.
August 15 Pride Final Conflict 2004 N/A   Saitama, Japan 47,629 N/A Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.

The final between, Fedor Emelianenko and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira ended in a no contest.
A rematch for the final was rescheduled for Pride Shockwave 2004.

August 21 UFC 49: Unfinished Business N/A   Paradise, Nevada, United States 12,100 80,000 N/A
October 14 Pride Bushido 5 N/A   Osaka, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 21 WEC 12: Halloween Fury 3 N/A   Lemoore, California, United States N/A N/A N/A
October 22 UFC 50: The War of '04 N/A   Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 9,000 40,000 N/A
October 31 Pride 28: High Octane N/A   Saitama, Japan 24,028 N/A N/A
November 20 K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004 N/A   Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 13,000 N/A N/A
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2004 N/A   Saitama, Japan 48,398 N/A Fedor Emelianenko becomes the Pride 2004 heavyweight Grand Prix champion.
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!! N/A   Osaka, Japan 52,918 N/A Event featured seven K-1 MMA bouts, three K-1 kickboxing bouts, and one special mixed rules bout.



  • First ever World Championship in Trail Orienteering held September 15–18 in Västerås, Sweden


  • 5 July – the reigning world champions, New Zealand's Silver Ferns, complete 3-0 Test series win over Australia with 53-46 win at Hamilton, New Zealand.


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  • September 19 – death of Line Oestvold, 26, Norwegian snowboarder, after a crash in training in Chile.

Speed skatingEdit


  • January 13–14 – World Cup (short course) held at Stockholm
  • January 18 – Yang Yu sets a world record in the women's 200m butterfly (short course) in Berlin with a time of 2:04.04, exactly four years after the previous record was set.
  • March 25 – Frédérick Bousquet breaks the world record in the men's 50m freestyle (short course) at New York City, clocking 21.10
  • May 5–16 – 27th European LC Championships held at Madrid
    • Russia wins the most medals (16) and Ukraine the most gold medals (9)
  • August 14–22 – Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics held at Athens
    • USA wins the most medals (28) and the most gold medals (12)
  • (October 7-1) – 7th World Short Course Championships held at Indianapolis
    • USA wins the most medals (41) and the most gold medals (21)
  • December 9–12 – 8th European SC Championships held at Vienna
    • Germany wins the most medals (22) and the most gold medals (9)



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Multi-sport eventsEdit

1  United States (USA)363927102
2  China (CHN)32171463
3  Russia (RUS)27273892
4  Australia (AUS)17161649
5  Japan (JPN)1691237
Totals (5 nations)128108107343