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Years in sports

2003 in sports

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

Alpine skiing

American football

Artistic gymnastics

Association football

Main article: 2003 in association football


Main article: 2003 in athletics (track and field)

Australian rules football


Main article: 2003 in baseball


Main article: 2003 in basketball


Canadian football



Cycle racing

Road bicycle racing


Dogsled racing

Field hockey

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association



Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racing

Horse racing


Hurdle races

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 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 Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A March 27 WEC 6: Return of a Legend N/A 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 Miami, Florida, US 6,700 35,000 N/A June 6 UFC 43: Meltdown N/A 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 Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A August 10 Pride Total Elimination 2003 N/A Saitama, Japan 40,316 N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2003 middleweight tournament. September 26 UFC 44: Undisputed N/A Las Vegas, Nevada, US 10,400 94,000 N/A October 5 Pride Bushido 1 N/A Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A October 10 Rumble on the Rock 4 N/A Honolulu, Hawaii, US N/A N/A N/A November 9 Pride Final Conflict 2003 N/A 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 Uncasville, Connecticut, US 9,200 40,000 N/A December 31 Pride Shockwave 2003 N/A 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 Nagoya, Japan 43,560 N/A Event featured six K-1 MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.


Main articles: 2003 in motorsport and List of 2003 motorsport champions


Rugby league

Main article: 2003 in rugby league

Rugby union

Main article: 2003 in rugby union

Show jumping




Main article: 2003 in tennis


Water polo


Yacht racing

Multi-sport events