2011 in sports

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The year 2011 in sports saw a number of significant events, some of which are listed below.

Years in sports

2011 in sports

Calendar by monthEdit


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
10 American football   2011 BCS National Championship Game Domestic   Auburn University
26 Dec 2010–5 Ice hockey   2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships International   Russia
21 Marathon   Dubai Marathon International   David Barmasai /   Aselefech Mergia


Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
6 American Football   Super Bowl XLV Domestic   Green Bay Packers











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  • January 29 – Timothy Bradley defeats Devon Alexander by a tenth round technical decision. The fight was stopped due to a cut Alexander had received from an accidental headbutt in the third round, which was made worse by two more headbutts in the eighth round and a final fourth headbutt in the tenth round. Both fighters came in with undefeated records and the fight was initially praised as one of the few good match-ups between two top-ranked Americans in recent years. With the win, Bradley unified the light welterweight titles by defending his WBO title and winning Alexander's WBC title.
  • February 19 – Nonito Donaire defeats Fernando Montiel by technical knockout in the second round to unify the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles. Donaire started the fight strong by controlling most of the first round, landing a left hook that briefly stunned Montiel. In the second round Donaire started landing a few combinations before finishing Montiel with a solid hook that knocked out his opponent.
  • March 12 – Sergio Gabriel Martínez knocks out undefeated Sergiy Dzindziruk in the eighth round to win the vacant WBC diamond belt middleweight championship.
  • March 12 – Miguel Cotto knocks out Ricardo Mayorga in the twelfth round to retain his WBA world light middleweight title.
  • March 19 – Vitali Klitschko knocks out Odlanier Solís in the first round to retain his WBC heavyweight title for the sixth time. The knockout came as a surprise after Solís appeared to have sustained serious knee injury. Initially following the stoppage, Vitali Klitschko was angry at Solís and felt he took a dive. However following the fight Solís was taken to a hospital, where a scan revealed tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus, as well as cartilage damage in his right knee.[1]
  • April 2 – Giovanni Segura knocks out Iván Calderón in the third round in a repeat of 2010's fight of the year.
  • May 7 – Manny Pacquiao easily defeats Shane Mosley, retaining his WBO welterweight title by unanimous decision.
  • July 2 – Wladimir Klitschko defeats David Haye by unanimous decision, adding Haye's WBA heavyweight title to the four he already held.

Canadian footballEdit



Cheerleading Worlds

April 28, – May 2, – The Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA


  • February 19 – April 2 – 2011 Cricket World Cup in Sri Lanka, India, Bangladesh
    • The tournament was won by India who defeated Sri Lanka by 6 wickets. India became the first host-nation to win the world cup with final played in the host country itself. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni played a captain's knock of unbeaten 91 in the final and was adjudged man of the match.
  • Dates TBA – ICC Champions Trophy will take place.
  • April 8 – May 28 – 2011 IPL in India. Chennai Super Kings beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs in the final to win for the second consecutive year.


2010–11 curling seasonEdit

World Championships

2011–12 curling seasonEdit

Season of Champions


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Horse racingEdit

Flat races
  • Luis Contreras becomes the first jockey to win the Canadian Triple Crown aboard two different horses in the same year.

Ice hockeyEdit

Ice sledge hockeyEdit


The following is a list of major noteworthy kickboxing events during 2011 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance Notes
December 31 Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011   Saitama, Japan 24,606


Mixed martial artsEdit

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2011 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 1 UFC 125: Resolution   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 12,874 270,000
January 22 UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 UFC Fight Night 23   Killeen, Texas, USA 3,200
January 29 Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg   San Jose, California, USA 9,059
February 5 UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 10,893 725,000
February 12 Strikeforce / M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva   East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA 11,287 Quarterfinals to 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight GP tournament.
February 25 MFC 28: Supremacy   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
February 26 UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch   Sydney, Australia 18,186 260,000
February 26 BAMMA 5: Daley vs. Shirai   Manchester, England
March 3 UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann   Louisville, Kentucky, USA 8,319
March 5 Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Strikeforce: Columbus   Columbus, Ohio, USA 7,123
March 5 Bellator XXXV   Lemoore, California, USA Start of Bellator Season 4.
March 12 Bellator XXXVI   Shreveport, Louisiana, USA
March 19 Bellator XXXVII   Concho, Oklahoma, USA
March 19 UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones   Newark, New Jersey, USA 12,619 445,000
March 26 Bellator XXXVIII   Tunica, Mississippi, USA
March 26 UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis UFC Fight Night 24

UFC Fight Night: Seattle

  Seattle, USA 13,741
April 2 Bellator XXXIX   Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
April 8 MFC 29: Conquer   Windsor, Ontario, Canada
April 9 Bellator XL   Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA
April 9 Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley   San Diego, California, USA
April 16 Bellator XLI   Yuma, Arizona, USA
April 23 Bellator XLII   Concho, Oklahoma, USA
April 30 UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields   Toronto, Ontario, Canada 55,724 800,000 (Min.)
900,000 (Max.)
Randy Couture announces his retirement after nearly 14 years of competition.
May 6 Tachi Palace Fights 9   Lemoore, California, USA
May 7 Bellator XLIII   Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA
May 14 Bellator XLIV   Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
May 21 Bellator XLV   Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA End of Bellator season 4.
May 21 BAMMA 6: Watson vs. Ninja   London, England Murilo Rua announces his retirement after 11 years of competition.
May 29 Dream: Fight for Japan! Dream Japan GP – 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament   Saitama, Japan 6,522
June 4 The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
June 10 MFC 30: Up Close and Personal   Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
June 11 UFC 131: dos Santos vs. Carwin   Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 14,685 325,000 (Min.)
335,000 (Max.)
June 18 Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum Strikeforce: Dallas   Dallas, Texas, USA The event will feature the first women's bouts ever held by Zuffa.
June 25 Bellator XLVI   Hollywood, Florida, USA Start of Bellator 2011 Summer Series.
June 26 UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 7,792
July 2 UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 13,109 350,000 (Min.)
375,000 (Max.)
July 16 Dream: Japan GP Final   Tokyo, Japan 8,142
July 23 Bellator XLVII   Rama, Ontario, Canada
July 30 Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson   Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA
August 6 UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 11,583
August 14 UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle   Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 6,751
August 20 Bellator XLVIII   Uncasville, Connecticut, USA End of Bellator 2011 Summer Series.
August 27 UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami UFC: Rio   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
September 3 ONE FC: Champion vs. Champion   Kallang, Singapore
September 10 Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals   Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
September 10 Bellator XLIX   Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA Start of Bellator Season 5
September 10 BAMMA 7   Birmingham, England
September 17 UFC Fight Night: Battle on the Bayou UFC Fight Night 25   New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
September 17 Bellator L   Hollywood, Florida, USA
September 24 Dream 17   Saitama, Japan
September 24 Bellator LI   Canton, Ohio, USA
September 24 UFC 135   Denver, Colorado, USA
October 1 UFC on Versus 6   Washington, D.C., USA
October 1 Bellator LII   Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA
October 8 UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III   Houston, Texas, USA
October 8 Bellator LIII   USA
October 15 Bellator LIV   Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
October 29 UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz   Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
November 5 UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz   Birmingham, England The main event was the first five-round non-title fight in the history of the UFC.
November 12 UFC on Fox: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos   Anaheim, California, USA The UFC's debut on the Fox Network.
November 19 Bellator Event   Hollywood, Florida, USA End of Bellator Season 5.
December 3 The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale   Las Vegas, Nevada USA
December 10 UFC 140   Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 31 Fight For Japan: Genki Desu Ka Omisoka 2011 Fight for Japan. How are you! New Year! 2011   Saitama, Japan 24,606


Multi-sport eventsEdit


2011 April 15 – 20th National Netball Championships 17/U & 19/U

June 9 Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Palmerston North

12th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Auckland

July 3 – 10th World Netball Championships 2011

12th – 17th National Netball Championships 21/U

Jul 30 – 18 Sep Australian Netball League 2011

September 8 – 11th NetFest 2011 – Netball on the Gold Coast

October 9 Diamonds v England, Newcastle

12th Diamonds v England, Canberra

16th Diamonds v England, Sydney

23rd Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Perth

26th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Adelaide

30th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Melbourne

Nordic skiingEdit

Rink HockeyEdit

Road bicycle racingEdit


Rugby leagueEdit

Rugby unionEdit

Domestic competitions
Other major events

Ski mountaineeringEdit






See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Solis' knee torn up after defeat vs. Klitschko". ESPN.com. March 20, 2011.
  2. ^ "Epsom Derby | History, Winners, & Facts | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved January 4, 2022.
  3. ^ "FAQ: What are the Pan American Games?". Team Canada – Official Olympic Team Website. Retrieved January 4, 2022.

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