2003 in sports

2003 in sports describes the year’s events in world sport.

Years in sports: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Alpine skiing

American football

Artistic gymnastics

Association football


Australian rules football


Main article: 2003 in baseball


Main article: 2003 in basketball


Canadian football



Cycle racing

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Dogsled racing

Field hockey

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association



Men's professional

Men’s amateur

Women’s professional


Harness racing

Horse racing


Flat races

Ice hockey


Mixed martial arts

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2003 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 28 UFC 41: Onslaught N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US 13,401 60,000 This event marked the return of Tank Abbott to the UFC. This was Abbott's first fight since October 1998.
March 16 Pride 25: Body Blow N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 27 WEC 6: Return of a Legend N/A United States Lemoore, California, US N/A N/A This event is noted for the return of Frank Shamrock in his first fight since retiring. Shamrock had not fought since December 2000.
April 25 UFC 42: Sudden Impact N/A United States Miami, Florida, US 6,700 35,000 N/A
June 6 UFC 43: Meltdown N/A United States Paradise, Nevada, US 9,800 49,000 UFC rule change, in the event of a stoppage fights restart in the position the fight was stopped.
June 8 Pride 26: Bad to the Bone Pride 26: Reborn Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
August 10 Pride Total Elimination 2003 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 40,316 N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2003 middleweight tournament.
September 26 UFC 44: Undisputed N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US 10,400 94,000 N/A
October 5 Pride Bushido 1 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 10 Rumble on the Rock 4 N/A United States Honolulu, Hawaii, US N/A N/A N/A
November 9 Pride Final Conflict 2003 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan 67,450 N/A Present record holder for the highest attendance of a strictly MMA event.
Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2003 middleweight tournament.
Wanderlei Silva becomes the Pride 2003 middleweight Grand Prix champion.
November 21 UFC 45: Revolution N/A United States Uncasville, Connecticut, US 9,200 40,000 N/A
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2003 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 39,716 N/A Gary Goodridge announced he would retire from Pride FC at this event.
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2003 Dynamite!! N/A Japan Nagoya, Japan 43,560 N/A Event featured six K-1 MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.

Motor racing


Rugby league

Rugby union

Show jumping




Main article: 2003 in tennis


Water polo


Yacht racing

Multi-sport events



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