2005 in sports

2005 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports

2005 in sports

Alpine skiingEdit

American footballEdit

Association footballEdit

Australian rules footballEdit


  • June 14 – Men's 100 metresAsafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9.77 at the Athens Olympic Stadium.
  • June 19 – European Cup
    • Men's overall standings – Germany
    • Women's overall standings – Russia
  • August – World Championships held in Helsinki
  • IAAF Golden League – Russian triple jumper Tatyana Lebedeva is the sole winner of the US$1 million jackpot divided among all athletes who win their event at each of six designated meets.
  • December 13 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport bans American Tim Montgomery for two years in a case stemming from his involvement with the controversial "sports nutrition" center BALCO. Although Montgomery never tested positive for drugs, CAS found the circumstantial evidence against him overwhelming. It also struck all his results since 2001 from the records, including a then world-record time of 9.78.





  • May 7 – Diego Corrales defeats José Luis Castillo by 10th-round knockout, for the WBO-WBC lightweight title unification. Both men were exchanging a brutal amount of punishment throughout the fight, before a dramatic tenth round in which Corrales scored a TKO after getting knocked down twice. The fight was highly regarded as one of the greatest of all-time and won Ring Magazine fight of the year.
  • July 16 – Jermain Taylor, 2000 US Olympic Boxing bronze medalist, defeats Bernard Hopkins for the undisputed Middleweight Title ending Hopkins' 10 year title reign. Hopkins made 20 successful title defenses before losing to Taylor, the current record in the middleweight division, Carlos Monzón is second with 14 successful defenses.
  • 13 to November 20 – World Amateur Boxing Championships held in Mianyang, People's Republic of China

Canadian footballEdit


  • January 10 – ICC World XI (344 for 8) beat the ACC Asian XI (232) by 112 runs to win the first of two scheduled one-day internationals for the World Cricket Tsunami Appeal; the second was never played. It is the first time an ODI has been played that has not been between two cricketing nations.
  • January 10 – Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 226 runs to record their first ever Test match victory.
  • July 2 – England and Australia tie the deciding NatWest Series trophy match at Lord's Cricket Ground.
  • August 11 – Shane Warne becomes the first bowler to take 600 Test wickets.
  • September 12 – England win The Ashes.


Road bicycle racing


Field hockeyEdit

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Gaelic Athletic AssociationEdit



Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Horse racingEdit


Flat races

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Major League Lacrosse (USA)

National Lacrosse League

NCAA Division I (US Collegiate)

European lacrosse

  • November 10 – Austrian Lacrosse Association (ÖLAXV) is founded.

Mixed martial artsEdit

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2005 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 5 UFC 51: Super Saturday N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 11,072 105,000 This event was originally going to be held in Japan. However was moved it back to Las Vegas.
February 20 Pride 29: Fists of Fire N/A   Saitama, Japan 22,047 N/A N/A
March 26 K-1 Hero's 1 N/A   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A K-1 Hero's first event.
April 3 Pride Bushido 6 N/A   Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
April 9 The Ultimate Fighter 1 Finale N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A This event is credited for saving the UFC from bankruptcy and launching the MMA into the mainstream American media.
April 16 UFC 52: Couture vs. Liddell 2 N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 14,562 280,000 Dan "The Beast" Severn was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this event.
April 23 Pride Total Elimination 2005 N/A   Osaka, Japan 45,423 N/A Opening round to Pride GP 2005 middleweight tournament.
May 7 Rumble on the Rock 7 N/A   Honolulu, Hawaii, USA N/A N/A N/A
May 22 Pride Bushido 7 N/A   Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
June 4 UFC 53: Heavy Hitters N/A   Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA 12,000 90,000 This event was originally going to be held in Yokohama. However the lack of a sponsorship for the event moved it to Atlantic City.
June 26 Pride Critical Countdown 2005 N/A   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2005 middleweight tournament.
July 6 K-1 Hero's 2 N/A   Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
July 17 Pride Bushido 8 N/A   Nagoya, Japan N/A N/A N/A
July 29 K-1 World Grand Prix 2005 in Hawaii N/A   Honolulu, Hawaii, USA N/A N/A Event featured ten K-1 kickboxing bouts and four K-1 MMA bouts.
August 6 UFC Ultimate Fight Night Ultimate Fight Night   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
August 20 UFC 54: Boiling Point N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 13,520 150,000 N/A
August 28 Pride Final Conflict 2005 N/A   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2005 middleweight tournament.
Maurício Rua becomes the Pride 2005 middleweight Grand Prix champion.
September 7 K-1 Hero's 3 N/A   Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
September 25 Pride Bushido 9 N/A   Tokyo, Japan 10,775 N/A Quarterfinals and semifinals to Pride GP 2005 lightweight and welterweight tournaments.
October 3 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 2 Ultimate Fight Night 2   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A This event was aired at the same time WWE was on, in a ratings battle.
October 3 UFC 55: Fury N/A   Uncasville, Connecticut, USA 8,000 125,000 N/A
October 3 Pride 30: Starting Over Pride 30: Fully Loaded   Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
November 5 The Ultimate Fighter 2 Finale N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
November 5 K-1 Seoul Hero's N/A   Seoul, South Korea N/A N/A N/A
November 19 UFC 56: Full Force N/A   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 12,000 200,000 N/A
November 26 K-1 Hero's Lithuania 2005 N/A   Vilnius, Lithuania N/A N/A N/A
December 3 Cage Rage 14: Punishment N/A   London, England N/A N/A N/A
December 3 Pride Shockwave 2005 N/A   Saitama, Japan 49,801 N/A Finals to Pride GP 2005 lightweight and welterweight tournaments.

Takanori Gomi becomes the Pride 2005 lightweight Grand Prix champion.
Dan Henderson becomes the Pride 2005 welterweight Grand Prix champion.

December 3 K-1 PREMIUM 2005 Dynamite!! N/A   Osaka, Japan 53,025 N/A Event featured seven K-1 Hero's MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.



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Rugby unionEdit



  • Asashōryū Akinori wins all six basho (tournament) in 2005 (a new record) and wins eighty-four bouts (out of ninety) setting a new record for victories in a single year. His seventh straight basho championship is also a new record.






Water poloEdit


Multi-sport eventsEdit