1994 in sports

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1994 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
Years: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997

Alpine skiing[edit]

American football[edit]

  • Super Bowl XXVIIIDallas Cowboys won 30–13 over the Buffalo Bills. It is the fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance by the Bills as well as their fourth consecutive loss. This is also the first (and thus far only) time that the same two teams have met in consecutive Super Bowls.
  • Orange Bowl (1993 season):
  • October 23 – in a game where the New Orleans Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 37–34 Robert Bailey of the Rams sets the NFL record for longest punt return (103 yards) and Tyrone Hughes of the Saints sets the NFL single game record for kickoff return yards (304) and most return yards (347) and ties the single game record for kickoff returns returned for touchdown (2).
  • November 13 – Drew Bledsoe sets NFL single game records for pass attempts (70) and pass completions (45) helping New England Patriots beat Minnesota Vikings 26–20.
  • October 31, 1994, In a rainy and windy game at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football, Dick Buktus' and Gale Sayers' Jerseys were retired at Halftime, but the Bears were blown away by Brett Favre and the Packers, 6–33.

Association football[edit]


Australian rules football[edit]




Canadian football[edit]


Dogsled racing[edit]

Field Hockey[edit]

  • Men's Champions Trophy: Pakistan
  • Men's World Cup: Pakistan
  • Women's World Cup: Australia

Figure skating[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


  • Men's European Championship: Sweden
  • Women's European Championship: Denmark

Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]


Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]


The following is a list of major noteworthy kickboxing events during 1994 in chronological order.

Before 2000, K-1 was considered the only major kickboxing promotion in the world.

Date Event Location Attendance Notes
March 4 K-1 Challenge Japan Tokyo, Japan 15,000
April 30 K-1 Grand Prix '94 Japan Tokyo, Japan 11,000 Second K-1 World Grand Prix. Tournament features eight competitors, rather than sixteen like the year before.
May 8 K-2 Plus Tournament 1994 Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands Features eight-man light heavyweight (76–79 kg/167-174 lbs) tournament. First K-1 event held outside Japan.
September 18 K-1 Revenge Japan Tokyo, Japan 14,000
December 10 K-1 Legend Japan Nagoya, Japan 9,550 First K-1 event to feature a mixed martial arts bout.


Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1994 in chronological order.

Before 1997, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was considered the only major MMA organization in the world and featured many fewer rules than are used in modern MMA.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
March 11 UFC 2: No Way Out UFC 2
The Ultimate Fighting Championship 2
United States Denver, Colorado, US 2,000 300,000 UFC rule change, time limits were dropped. Groin strikes became legal again, however still illegal to grab the genitals. Cage design was modified.

The first and only sixteen-man tournament in UFC history.

September 9 UFC 3: The American Dream N/A United States Charlotte, North Carolina, US N/A N/A UFC rule change, referee is officially given the right to stop a fight. Kicking with shoes is banned, however this rule was quickly discarded.
December 16 UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors N/A United States Tulsa, Oklahoma, US 5,857 N/A UFC rule change, After tournament alternate Steve Jennum won UFC 3 by winning only one bout, alternates (replacements) were required to win a pre-tournament bout to qualify for the role of an alternate.


Professional Wrestling[edit]


Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]






  • Men's World League: Italy
  • Men's World Championship: Italy
  • Men's European Beach Volleyball Championships: Jan Kvalheim and Bjørn Maaseide (Norway)
  • Women's World Grand Prix: Brazil
  • Women's World Championship: Cuba
  • Women's European Beach Volleyball Championships: Beate Bühler and Danja Müsch (Germany)

Water polo[edit]

  • Men's World Championship: Italy
  • Women's World Championship: Hungary


(see links, above, for individual medals)