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Years in sports

1997 in sports

1997 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Alpine skiing

American football

Artistic gymnastics

Association football

Main article: 1997 in association football

Athletics

Australian football

Baseball

Basketball

Boxing

Canadian football

Cricket

Cycling

Dogsled racing

Field hockey

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association

Golf

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Handball

Harness racing

Horse racing

Steeplechases

Flat races

Ice hockey

Lacrosse

Mixed martial arts

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1997 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes February 7 UFC 12: Judgement Day N/A Dothan, Alabama, United States 3,100 N/A UFC rule change, split main tournament into heavyweight (200lbs+) and lightweight (Under 200lbs) divisions. Eight-man tournament ceases. Introduction of titles. Superfights cease. May 30 UFC 13: Ultimate Force N/A Augusta, Georgia, United States 5,100 N/A Closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only. July 27 UFC 14: Showdown N/A Birmingham, Alabama, United States 5,000 N/A UFC rule change, requires fighters to use 4–6 oz gloves. October 11 Pride 1 N/A Tokyo, Japan 47,860 N/A Pride FC's first event.The event featured one kickboxing bout between Branko Cikatić and Ralph White. October 17 UFC 15: Collision Course N/A Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, United States N/A N/A UFC rule change, redefined permissible striking areas. December 21 UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan UFC 15.5 Yokohama, Japan 5,000 N/A This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Mike Goldberg.

Motorsport

Main articles: 1997 in motorsport and List of 1997 motorsport champions

Radiosport

Rowing

Rugby league

Main article: 1997 in rugby league

Rugby union

Snooker

Swimming

Taekwondo

Tennis

Volleyball

Water polo

Multi-sport events

Awards

References

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