2011 in sports

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2011 in sports will describe the year's events in world sport.

Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s 2040s
Years: 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014

Alpine Skiing[change | edit source]

American football[change | edit source]

Aquatics[change | edit source]

Association football[change | edit source]

Athletics[change | edit source]

Basketball[change | edit source]

Beach Soccer[change | edit source]

Beach volleyball[change | edit source]

Boxing[change | edit source]

  • January 29 – Timothy Bradley defeats Devon Alexander by a tenth round technical decision. The fight was stopped due to a cut Alexander had received from a accidental headbutt in the third round, which was made worse by two more headbutts in the eighth round and an final fourth headbutt in the tenth round. Both fighters came in with undefeated records and the fight was initially praised as one of the few good match-ups between two top ranked Americans in recent years. With the win, Bradley unified the light welterweight titles by defending his WBO title and winning Alexander's WBC title.
  • February 19 – Nonito Donaire defeats Fernando Montiel by technical knockout in the second round to unify the WBO and WBC bantamweight titles. Donaire started the fight strong by controlling most of the first round, landing a left hook that briefly stunned Montiel. In the second round Donaire started landing a few combinations before finishing Montiel with a solid hook that knocked out his opponent.
  • March 12 – Sergio Gabriel Martínez knocks out undefeated Sergiy Dzindziruk in the eighth round to win the vacant WBC diamond belt middleweight championship.
  • March 12 – Miguel Cotto knocks out Ricardo Mayorga in the twelfth round to retain his WBA world light middleweight title.
  • March 19 – Vitali Klitschko knocks out Odlanier Solís in the first round to retain his WBC heavyweight title for the sixth time. The knockout came as a surprise after Solís appeared to have sustained serious knee injury. Initially following the stoppage, Vitali Klitschko was angry at Solís and felt he took a dive. However following the fight Solís was taken to a hospital, where a scan revealed tears to his anterior cruciate ligament and external meniscus, as well as cartilage damage in his right knee.[1]
  • April 2 – Giovanni Segura knocks out Iván Calderón in the third round in a repeat of 2010's fight of the year.
  • May 7 – Manny Pacquiao easily defeats Shane Mosley, retaining his WBO welterweight title by unanimous decision.
  • July 2 — Wladimir Klitschko defeats David Haye by unanimous decision, adding Haye's WBA heavyweight title to the four he already held.

Canadian football[change | edit source]

Canoeing[change | edit source]

Cheerleading[change | edit source]

Cheerleading Worlds

28 April- 2 May – The Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, Florida, USA

Australian calendar[change | edit source]

Australian Challenge (regional championships)
April
May
June
July
August
Australian Cheer for a Cure (regional championships)
September
Australian Showdown (state championships)
August
September
Australian Grand (national championships)

September 24-25, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, New South Wales

Cricket[change | edit source]

Curling[change | edit source]

2010–11 curling season[change | edit source]

Season of Champions
Grand Slams
World Championships

2011–12 curling season[change | edit source]

Season of Champions
Grand Slams

Fencing[change | edit source]

Figure skating[change | edit source]

Gymnastics[change | edit source]

Golf[change | edit source]

Handball[change | edit source]

Horse racing[change | edit source]

Steeplechases
Flat races
  • Luis Contreras becomes the first jockey to win the Canadian Triple Crown aboard two different horses in the same year.

Ice hockey[change | edit source]

Ice sledge hockey[change | edit source]

Mixed martial arts[change | edit source]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2011 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 1 UFC 125: Resolution N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 12,874 270,000 N/A
January 7 Strikeforce Challengers: Woodley vs. Saffiedine ShoMMA 13: Woodley vs. Saffiedine United States Nashville, Tennessee, USA 2,631 N/A N/A
January 22 UFC: Fight For The Troops 2 UFC Fight Night 23 United States Killeen, Texas, USA 3,200 N/A N/A
January 29 Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Cyborg N/A United States San Jose, California, USA 9,059 N/A N/A
February 5 UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 10,893 725,000 N/A
February 12 Strikeforce / M-1 Global: Fedor vs. Silva Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Silva United States East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA 11,287 N/A Quarterfinals to 2011 Strikeforce Heavyweight GP tournament.
Fedor Emelianenko suffers his second legitimate loss in a row and speculates retirement.
Gina Carano announces a return to MMA after being inactive for 18 months.
February 18 Strikeforce Challengers: Beerbohm vs. Healy ShoMMA 14: Beerbohm vs Healy United States Cedar Park, Texas, USA N/A N/A N/A
February 25 MFC 28: Supremacy N/A Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada N/A N/A N/A
February 26 UFC 127: Penn vs. Fitch N/A Australia Sydney, Australia 18,186 260,000 N/A
February 26 BAMMA 5: Daley vs. Shirai N/A England Manchester, England N/A N/A N/A
March 3 UFC Live: Sanchez vs. Kampmann N/A United States Louisville, Kentucky, USA 8,319 N/A N/A
March 5 Strikeforce: Feijao vs. Henderson Strikeforce: Columbus United States Columbus, Ohio, USA 7,123 N/A N/A
March 5 Bellator XXXV N/A United States Lemoore, California, USA N/A N/A Start of Bellator Season 4.
March 11 ADFC: Round 3 N/A United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi, UAE N/A N/A N/A
March 12 Bellator XXXVI N/A United States Shreveport, Louisiana, USA N/A N/A N/A
March 19 Bellator XXXVII N/A United States Concho, Oklahoma, USA N/A N/A N/A
March 19 UFC 128: Shogun vs. Jones N/A United States Newark, New Jersey, USA 12,619 445,000 N/A
March 19 KSW XV: Contemporary Gladiators N/A Poland Warsaw, Poland N/A N/A N/A
March 26 Bellator XXXVIII N/A United States Tunica, Mississippi, USA N/A N/A N/A
March 26 UFC Fight Night: Nogueira vs. Davis UFC Fight Night 24

UFC Fight Night: Seattle

United States Seattle, Washington, USA 13,741 N/A N/A
April 1 Strikeforce Challengers: Wilcox vs. Damm ShoMMA 15: Wilcox vs. Damm United States Stockton, California, USA N/A N/A First Strikeforce event under Zuffa ownership.
April 2 Bellator XXXIX N/A United States Uncasville, Connecticut, USA N/A N/A N/A
April 8 MFC 29: Conquer N/A Canada Windsor, Ontario, Canada N/A N/A N/A
April 9 Bellator XL N/A United States Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA N/A N/A N/A
April 9 Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley N/A United States San Diego, California, USA N/A N/A N/A
April 16 Bellator XLI N/A United States Yuma, Arizona, USA N/A N/A N/A
April 23 Bellator XLII N/A United States Concho, Oklahoma, USA N/A N/A N/A
April 30 UFC 129: St-Pierre vs. Shields N/A Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada 55,724 800,000 (Min.)
900,000 (Max.)
Randy Couture announces his retirement after nearly 14 years of competition.
April 30 Superior Challenge 7 N/A Sweden Stockholm, Sweden N/A N/A N/A
May 6 Tachi Palace Fights 9 N/A United States Lemoore, California, USA N/A N/A N/A
May 7 Bellator XLIII N/A United States Newkirk, Oklahoma, USA N/A N/A N/A
May 14 Bellator XLIV N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A N/A
May 21 Bellator XLV N/A United States Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA N/A N/A End of Bellator season 4.
May 21 BAMMA 6: Watson vs. Ninja N/A England London, England N/A N/A Murilo Rua announces his retirement after 11 years of competition.
May 21 KSW XVI N/A Poland Gdańsk, Poland N/A N/A N/A
May 28 UFC 130: Rampage vs. Hamill N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 12,753 300,000 (Min.)
325,000 (Max.)
N/A
May 28 United Glory 14: 2010-2011 World Series Finals N/A Russia Moscow, Russia N/A N/A N/A
May 29 Dream: Fight for Japan! Dream Japan GP - 2011 Bantamweight Japan Tournament Japan Saitama, Japan 6,522 N/A N/A
June 4 The Ultimate Fighter 13 Finale N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
June 10 MFC 30: Up Close and Personal N/A Canada Edmonton, Alberta, Canada N/A N/A N/A
June 11 UFC 131: dos Santos vs. Carwin N/A Canada Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada 14,685 325,000 (Min.)
335,000 (Max.)
N/A
June 18 Strikeforce: Overeem vs. Werdum Strikeforce: Dallas United States Dallas, Texas, USA N/A N/A The event will feature the first women's bouts ever held by Zuffa.
June 24 Strikeforce Challengers: Fodor vs. Terry Strikeforce Challengers 16: Fodor vs. Terry United States Kent, Washington, USA N/A N/A N/A
June 25 Bellator XLVI N/A United States Hollywood, Florida, USA N/A N/A Start of Bellator 2011 Summer Series.
June 26 UFC Live: Kongo vs. Barry N/A United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA 7,792 N/A N/A
July 2 UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2 N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA 13,109 350,000 (Min.)
375,000 (Max.)
N/A
July 16 Dream: Japan GP Final N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan 8,142 N/A N/A
July 22 Strikeforce Challengers: Voelker vs. Bowling III Strikeforce Challengers 17 United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
July 23 Bellator XLVII N/A Canada Rama, Ontario, Canada N/A N/A N/A
July 30 Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson N/A United States Hoffman Estates, Illinois, USA N/A N/A N/A
August 6 UFC 133: Evans vs. Ortiz 2 N/A United States Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 11,583 N/A N/A
August 12 Strikeforce Challengers: Gurgel vs. Duarte ShoMMA 18 United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA N/A N/A N/A
August 14 UFC Live: Hardy vs. Lytle N/A United States Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA 6,751 N/A N/A
August 20 Bellator XLVIII N/A United States Uncasville, Connecticut, USA N/A N/A End of Bellator 2011 Summer Series.
August 27 UFC 134: Silva vs. Okami UFC: Rio Brazil Rio de Janeiro, Brazil N/A N/A N/A
September 3 ONE FC: Champion vs. Champion N/A Singapore Kallang, Singapore N/A N/A N/A
September 10 Strikeforce: Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinals N/A United States Cincinnati, Ohio, USA N/A N/A N/A
September 10 Bellator XLIX N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A Start of Bellator Season 5
September 10 BAMMA 7 N/A England Birmingham, England N/A N/A N/A
September 17 UFC Fight Night: Battle on the Bayou UFC Fight Night 25 United States New Orleans, Louisiana, USA N/A N/A N/A
September 17 Bellator L N/A United States Hollywood, Florida, USA N/A N/A N/A
September 23 Strikeforce Challengers 19 N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
September 24 Dream 17 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
September 24 Bellator LI N/A United States Canton, Ohio, USA N/A N/A N/A
September 24 UFC 135 N/A United States Denver, Colorado, USA N/A N/A N/A
October 1 UFC on Versus 6 N/A United States Washington, D.C., USA N/A N/A N/A
October 1 Bellator LII N/A United States Lake Charles, Louisiana, USA N/A N/A N/A
October 8 UFC 136: Edgar vs. Maynard III N/A United States Houston, Texas, USA N/A N/A N/A
October 8 Bellator LIII N/A United States USA N/A N/A N/A
October 15 Bellator LIV N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA N/A N/A N/A
October 29 UFC 137: St-Pierre vs. Diaz N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, USA N/A N/A N/A
November 5 UFC 138: Leben vs. Muñoz N/A England Birmingham, England N/A N/A The main event will be the first five round non-title fight in the history of the UFC.
November 19 UFC 139: Velasquez vs. Dos Santos N/A United States San Jose, California, USA N/A N/A N/A
November 19 Bellator Event N/A United States Hollywood, Florida, USA N/A N/A End of Bellator Season 5.
December 3 The Ultimate Fighter 14 Finale N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada USA N/A N/A N/A
December 10 UFC 140 N/A Canada Toronto, Ontario, Canada N/A N/A N/A

Motor racing[change | edit source]

Formula One
NASCAR
IndyCar
World Rally Championship
World Touring Car Championship

Multi-sport events[change | edit source]

Netball[change | edit source]

2011 April 15th – 20th National Netball Championships 17/U & 19/U

June 9th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Palmerston North

12th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Auckland

July 3rd – 10th World Netball Championships 2011

12th – 17th National Netball Championships 21/U

30th Jul – 18th Sep Australian Netball League 2011

September 8th – 11th NetFest 2011 – Netball on the Gold Coast

October 9th Diamonds v England, Newcastle

12th Diamonds v England, Canberra

16th Diamonds v England, Sydney

23rd Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Perth

26th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Adelaide

30th Diamonds v Silver Ferns, Melbourne

Nordic Skiing[change | edit source]

Rink Hockey[change | edit source]

Road bicycle racing[change | edit source]

Rowing[change | edit source]

Rugby league[change | edit source]

Rugby union[change | edit source]

Domestic competitions
Other major events
  • 26 February: During the England–France match in the Six Nations, England's Jonny Wilkinson retakes the all-time lead for career Test points from New Zealand's Dan Carter.
  • 27 February: During the Scotland–Ireland match in the Six Nations, Ireland's Ronan O'Gara retakes the all-time lead for career points in the Championship from Wilkinson.
  • 19 March: During the Ireland–England Six Nations match, two Irish players reach major career milestones in the Championship:
  • 30 July: During New Zealand's Tri Nations opener at home to South Africa, Carter reclaims the all-time lead for career Test points from Wilkinson.

Tennis[change | edit source]

Volleyball[change | edit source]

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