2011 in sports

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

Calendar by month[edit]

January[edit]

Date Sport Venue/Event Status Winner/s
10 American football United States 2011 BCS National Championship Game Domestic Alabama Auburn University
26 Dec 2010–5 Ice hockey United States 2014 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships International  Russia
21 Marathon United Arab Emirates Dubai Marathon International Kenya David Barmasai / Ethiopia Aselefech Mergia

February[edit]

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

March[edit]

April[edit]

May[edit]

June[edit]

July[edit]

August[edit]

September[edit]

October[edit]

November[edit]

December[edit]

Alpine Skiing[edit]

American football[edit]

Aquatics[edit]

Association football[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Main article: 2011 in baseball

Basketball[edit]

Main article: 2011 in basketball

Beach Soccer[edit]

Beach volleyball[edit]

Boxing[edit]

Main article: Boxing in the 2010s
  • 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 football[edit]

Canoeing[edit]

Cheerleading[edit]

Cheerleading Worlds

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

Cricket[edit]

Curling[edit]

2010–11 curling season[edit]

Season of Champions
Grand Slams
World Championships

2011–12 curling season[edit]

Season of Champions
Grand Slams

Fencing[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Gymnastics[edit]

Golf[edit]

Main article: 2011 in golf

Handball[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

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

Ice hockey[edit]

Ice sledge hockey[edit]

Kickboxing[edit]

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 Japan Saitama, Japan 24,606 N/A

Korfball[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

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

UFC Fight Night: Seattle

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

Motor racing[edit]

Formula One
NASCAR
  • February 12 – Budweiser Shootout
  • February 20 – Daytona 500Trevor Bayne, a NASCAR rookie without a full-time Cup Series ride and starting only his second Cup race, becomes the youngest driver ever to win the race, on the day after his 20th birthday. He is also the first driver to win the race in his first attempt since the inaugural Daytona 500 in 1959.
  • June 12 – 5-hour Energy 500Jeff Gordon collects his 84th Cup Series victory, equaling Darrell Waltrip for the most Cup wins in NASCAR's modern era (1972–present).
  • July 9 – Quaker State 400 – For the first time since 2001, a new track enters the Cup Series, with Kentucky Speedway making its debut. Kyle Busch's win, however, is largely overshadowed by massive traffic bottlenecks that reportedly prevented as many as 20,000 of the 107,000 ticketed fans from entering the track.
  • July 16 – New England 200 – Kyle Busch wins his 49th Nationwide Series race, equaling the series record of Mark Martin. This was also Busch's 100th win in NASCAR's three national touring series, a feat previously accomplished only by Richard Petty and David Pearson.
  • August 15 – Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The GlenMarcos Ambrose becomes the first Australian ever to win a Cup Series race.
  • August 26 – Food City 250 – Kyle Busch takes sole possession of the career record for Nationwide Series victories with his 50th win.
  • September 6 – AdvoCare 500 – Gordon wins his 85th Cup Series race, giving him sole possession of the record for Cup wins in the modern era.
  • November 18 – Austin Dillon, at age 21, becomes the youngest driver ever to win a season championship in one of NASCAR's national touring series, winning the Truck Series title.
  • November 19 – Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. wins the Nationwide Series title.
  • November 20 – Tony Stewart wins the final race of the Sprint Cup season, the Ford 400, with Carl Edwards, the points leader entering the race, finishing second. The two drivers finish in the first tie for the season title in NASCAR history, with Stewart winning the championship by virtue of the most race wins on the season (five to Edwards' one). Stewart also becomes the first driver-owner to win a Cup Series championship since Alan Kulwicki in 1992.
IndyCar
  • May 29 – 95th Indianapolis 500Dan Wheldon
  • October 16 – The season's final race, the IZOD IndyCar World Championship, is red-flagged after a fiery 15-car collision on lap 11, and abandoned once it is announced that Wheldon died from injuries sustained in the crash. Six other drivers suffered minor injuries. Dario Franchitti, who led in series points entering the race, wins his fourth series title.
World Rally Championship
World Touring Car Championship

Multi-sport events[edit]

Netball[edit]

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 Skiing[edit]

Rink Hockey[edit]

Road bicycle racing[edit]

Rowing[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 2011 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]

Main article: 2011 in rugby union
Domestic competitions
Other major events
  • February 26: During the England–France match in the Six Nations, England's Jonny Wilkinson retakes the all-time lead for career Test points from New Zealand's Dan Carter.
  • February 27: During the Scotland–Ireland match in the Six Nations, Ireland's Ronan O'Gara retakes the all-time lead for career points in the Championship from Wilkinson.
  • March 19: During the Ireland–England Six Nations match, two Irish players reach major career milestones in the Championship:
  • July 30: During New Zealand's Tri Nations opener at home to South Africa, Carter reclaims the all-time lead for career Test points from Wilkinson.

Ski mountaineering[edit]

Squash[edit]

Sumo[edit]

Main article: 2011 in sumo

Swimming[edit]

Main article: 2011 in swimming

Tennis[edit]

Main article: 2011 in tennis

Volleyball[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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