2001 in sports

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2001 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Alpine skiing[edit]

American football[edit]

Association football[edit]


Australian rules football[edit]




Canadian football[edit]


  • February 25 – death of Sir Donald Bradman, Australian Test cricketer who retains the highest Test match batting average of 99.94
  • The Ashes – Australia defeats England 4-1
  • V.V.S. Laxman becomes the first Indian to score 250 in a Test match as India fight back from following on to win the Second Test against Australia, ending the Australians' record 16 match winning streak. India goes on to win the series 2-1.
  • County Championship (England and Wales) – Yorkshire
  • ICC Trophy – Netherlands

Cycle racing[edit]

Road bicycle racing


Dogsled racing[edit]

Field hockey[edit]

  • Men's Champions Trophy: Germany
  • Women's Champions Trophy: Argentina

Figure skating[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]


Hurdle races

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]


Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2001 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 23 UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A First UFC event under ownership of Zuffa.
March 25 Pride 13 – Collision Course N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A This was the first Pride event allowing knee strikes to the head of someone in the "four-points" position.
May 4 UFC 31: Locked and Loaded N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A UFC rule change, weight classes redefined to present standard. Introduces middleweight division.
May 27 Pride 14 – Clash of the Titans N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
June 29 UFC 32: Showdown in the Meadowlands N/A United States East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA 12,500 N/A This event marked the last appearance of longtime commentator Jeff Blatnick.
July 29 Pride 15: Raging Rumble N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 27,323 N/A N/A
September 24 Pride 16: Beasts From the East N/A Japan Osaka, Japan N/A N/A This event featured the return of Don Frye in his first fight since June 1997.
September 28 UFC 33: Victory in Vegas N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 9,500 75,000 This was the first event to be sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
November 2 UFC 34: High Voltage N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 9,000 65,000 N/A
November 3 Pride 17: Championship Chaos N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan N/A N/A This event featured the first two Pride title fights, for heavyweight and middleweight champions.
December 23 Pride 18: Cold Fury 2 N/A Japan Fukuoka, Japan N/A N/A N/A




Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]







  • Men's World League: Brazil
  • Men's European Championship: Yugoslavia
  • Women's World Grand Prix: USA
  • Women's European Championship: Russia

Water polo[edit]

  • Men's World Championship: Spain
  • Men's European Championship: Yugoslavia
  • Women's World Championship: Italy
  • Women's European Championship: Hungary

Multi-sport events[edit]