2006 in sports

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2006 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


Years in sports: 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009

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Association football[edit]

International competitions

Domestic competitions

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Main article: 2006 in baseball

Basketball[edit]

Main article: 2006 in basketball

Boxing[edit]

Canadian football[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Main article: 2006 in cricket

Curling[edit]

Cycling[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]

Gliding[edit]

Golf[edit]

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Team event

  • Team Europe wins the Ryder Cup for the third straight time, defeating Team USA 18½–9½.

Handball[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Steeplechases

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]

Lacrosse[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2006 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 16 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 Ultimate Fight Night 3 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 1,008 N/A N/A
February 4 UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 11,000 400,000 N/A
February 4 Cage Rage 15: Adrenalin Rush N/A England London, England N/A N/A N/A
February 26 Pride 31: Unbreakable Pride 31: Dreamers Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 4 UFC 58: USA vs Canada N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 9,569 300,000 This was the first UFC event to hold a lightweight fight since UFC 49.
March 10 Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie N/A United States San Jose, California, USA 18,265 N/A Strikeforce's first MMA event, after 20 years of kickboxing promotion.

The event featured Frank Shamrock in his first fight since March 2003.

March 15 K-1 Hero's 4 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
April 2 Pride Bushido 10 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
April 6 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 Ultimate Fight Night 4 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 843 N/A N/A
April 15 UFC 59: Reality Check N/A United States Anaheim, California, USA 13,814 425,000 N/A
April 22 Cage Rage 16: Critical Condition N/A England London, England N/A N/A N/A
April 29 IFL: Legends Championship 2006 N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A IFL's first event; Start of 2006 IFL Season 1.
May 3 K-1 Hero's 5 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
May 5 Pride Total Elimination Absolute N/A Japan Osaka, Japan N/A N/A Opening round to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.
May 27 UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie N/A United States Los Angeles, California, USA 14,765 620,000 The event featured Royce Gracie's return to the UFC since April 1995.
June 3 IFL: Championship 2006 N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A End of 2006 IFL Season 1.
June 4 Pride Bushido Survival 2006 Pride Bushido 11
Pride Bushido Survival
Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A Opening round to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.
June 9 Strikeforce: Revenge N/A United States San Jose, California, USA 10,374 N/A This event featured Alistair Overeem's American debut.

Prior to this Overeem fought exclusively in Europe and Japan since 1999.

June 24 The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A Randy "The Natural" Couture was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this event.
June 28 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 Ultimate Fight Night 5 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 606 N/A N/A
July 1 Pride Critical Countdown Absolute N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.
July 1 Cage Rage 17: Ultimate Challenge N/A England London, England N/A N/A N/A
July 8 UFC 61: Bitter Rivals N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 11,167 775,000 N/A
July 22 WFA: King of the Streets N/A United States Los Angeles, California, USA N/A N/A WFA's last event.

The event featured Bas Rutten's only fight after retiring in 1999.

August 5 K-1 Hero's 6 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A N/A
August 17 UFC Fight Night 6 N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
August 26 UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 9,859 500,000 N/A
August 26 Pride Bushido 12 Pride Bushido Survival 2nd Round Japan Nagoya, Japan N/A N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.
September 9 IFL: Portland N/A United States Portland, Oregon, USA N/A N/A Start of 2006 IFL Season 2.
September 10 Pride Final Conflict Absolute N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.

Mirko Filipović becomes the Pride 2006 openweight Grand Prix champion.

September 23 IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich N/A United States Moline, Illinois, USA N/A N/A N/A
September 23 UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn N/A United States Anaheim, California, USA 12,604 400,000 N/A
September 30 Cage Rage 18: Battleground N/A England London, England N/A N/A N/A
October 7 Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello N/A United States Fresno, California, USA 4,437 N/A N/A
October 9 K-1 Hero's 7 N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 10 Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter UFC Fight Night 6.5 United States Hollywood, Florida, USA 3,510 N/A This event featured a third fight between, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.

The show was aired on Spike TV and received 5.7 million viewers.

October 14 UFC 64: Unstoppable N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 10,173 300,000 N/A
October 21 Pride 32: The Real Deal N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 11,727 40,000 This was the first Pride FC event held in the USA.
November 2 IFL: World Championship Semifinals N/A United States Portland, Oregon, USA N/A N/A N/A
November 5 Pride Bushido 13 Pride Bushido Survival Finals Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.

Kazuo Misaki becomes the Pride 2006 welterweight Grand Prix champion.

November 11 The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
November 11 K-1 Hero's Lithuania 2006 N/A Lithuania Lithuania N/A N/A N/A
November 18 UFC 65: Bad Intentions N/A United States Sacramento, California, USA 14,666 500,000 N/A
December 8 Strikeforce: Triple Threat N/A United States San Jose, California, USA 8,701 N/A This event featured one of the first major women's MMA bouts.

Between Gina Carano and Elaina Maxwell.

December 13 UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs UFC Fight Night 7 United States San Diego, California, USA N/A N/A N/A
December 29 IFL: Championship Final N/A United States Uncasville, Connecticut, USA N/A N/A End of 2006 IFL Season 2.
December 30 UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2 N/A United States Paradise, Nevada, USA 13,761 1,050,000 This is the first MMA event to receive over a million PPV buys.
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2006 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 48,709 N/A N/A
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! N/A Japan Osaka, Japan 51,930 N/A Event featured ten K-1 Hero's MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.

Motor racing[edit]

Radiosport[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 2006 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]

Ski jumping[edit]

Ski mountaineering[edit]

Speed skating[edit]

Swimming[edit]

Tennis[edit]

Triathlon[edit]

Volleyball[edit]

Water polo[edit]

Weightlifting[edit]

World University Championships[edit]

Multi-sport events[edit]

Awards[edit]

References[edit]