2006 in sports

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2006 in sports

2006 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

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American football

Association football

International competitions

Domestic competitions

Athletics

Baseball

Basketball

Bowling

Boxing

Canadian football

Cricket

Curling

Cycling

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association

Gliding

Golf

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Team event

Handball

Horse racing

Steeplechases

Flat races

Ice hockey

Lacrosse

Mixed martial arts

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2006 in chronological order.

DateEventAlternate Name/sLocationAttendancePPV BuyrateNotes
January 16 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 3 Ultimate Fight Night 3 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA1,008N/AN/A
February 4 UFC 57: Liddell vs. Couture 3 N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA11,000400,000N/A
February 4 Cage Rage 15: Adrenalin Rush N/A Flag of England.svg London, EnglandN/AN/AN/A
February 26 Pride 31: Unbreakable Pride 31: Dreamers Flag of Japan.svg Saitama, JapanN/AN/AN/A
March 4 UFC 58: USA vs Canada N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA9,569300,000This was the first UFC event to hold a lightweight fight since UFC 49.
March 10 Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Gracie N/A Flag of the United States.svg San Jose, California, USA18,265N/AStrikeforce's first MMA event, after 20 years of kickboxing promotion.

The event featured Frank Shamrock in his first fight since March 2003.

March 15 K-1 Hero's 4 N/A Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, JapanN/AN/AN/A
April 2 Pride Bushido 10 N/A Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, JapanN/AN/AN/A
April 6 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 4 Ultimate Fight Night 4 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA843N/AN/A
April 15 UFC 59: Reality Check N/A Flag of the United States.svg Anaheim, California, USA13,814425,000N/A
April 22 Cage Rage 16: Critical Condition N/A Flag of England.svg London, EnglandN/AN/AN/A
April 29 IFL: Legends Championship 2006 N/A Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAN/AN/AIFL's first event; Start of 2006 IFL Season 1.
May 3 K-1 Hero's 5 N/A Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, JapanN/AN/AN/A
May 5 Pride Total Elimination Absolute N/A Flag of Japan.svg Osaka, JapanN/AN/AOpening round to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.
May 27 UFC 60: Hughes vs. Gracie N/A Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, California, USA14,765620,000The event featured Royce Gracie's return to the UFC since April 1995.
June 3 IFL: Championship 2006 N/A Flag of the United States.svg Atlantic City, New Jersey, USAN/AN/AEnd of 2006 IFL Season 1.
June 4 Pride Bushido Survival 2006 Pride Bushido 11
Pride Bushido Survival
Flag of Japan.svg Saitama, JapanN/AN/AOpening round to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.
June 9 Strikeforce: Revenge N/A Flag of the United States.svg San Jose, California, USA10,374N/AThis event featured Alistair Overeem's American debut.

Prior to this Overeem fought exclusively in Europe and Japan since 1999.

June 24 The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USAN/AN/A Randy "The Natural" Couture was inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame at this event.
June 28 UFC Ultimate Fight Night 5 Ultimate Fight Night 5 Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA606N/AN/A
July 1 Pride Critical Countdown Absolute N/A Flag of Japan.svg Saitama, JapanN/AN/AQuarterfinals to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.
July 1 Cage Rage 17: Ultimate Challenge N/A Flag of England.svg London, EnglandN/AN/AN/A
July 8 UFC 61: Bitter Rivals N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA11,167775,000N/A
July 22 WFA: King of the Streets N/A Flag of the United States.svg Los Angeles, California, USAN/AN/AWFA's last event.

The event featured Bas Rutten's only fight after retiring in 1999.

August 5 K-1 Hero's 6 N/A Flag of Japan.svg Tokyo, JapanN/AN/AN/A
August 17 UFC Fight Night 6 N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USAN/AN/AN/A
August 26 UFC 62: Liddell vs. Sobral N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA9,859500,000N/A
August 26 Pride Bushido 12 Pride Bushido Survival 2nd Round Flag of Japan.svg Nagoya, JapanN/AN/AQuarterfinals to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.
September 9 IFL: Portland N/A Flag of the United States.svg Portland, Oregon, USAN/AN/AStart of 2006 IFL Season 2.
September 10 Pride Final Conflict Absolute N/A Flag of Japan.svg Saitama, JapanN/AN/ASemifinals and final to Pride GP 2006 openweight tournament.

Mirko Filipović becomes the Pride 2006 openweight Grand Prix champion.

September 23 IFL: Gracie vs. Miletich N/A Flag of the United States.svg Moline, Illinois, USAN/AN/AN/A
September 23 UFC 63: Hughes vs. Penn N/A Flag of the United States.svg Anaheim, California, USA12,604400,000N/A
September 30 Cage Rage 18: Battleground N/A Flag of England.svg London, EnglandN/AN/AN/A
October 7 Strikeforce: Tank vs. Buentello N/A Flag of the United States.svg Fresno, California, USA4,437N/AN/A
October 9 K-1 Hero's 7 N/A Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama, JapanN/AN/AN/A
October 10 Ortiz vs. Shamrock 3: The Final Chapter UFC Fight Night 6.5 Flag of the United States.svg Hollywood, Florida, USA3,510N/AThis event featured a third fight between, Tito Ortiz and Ken Shamrock.

The show was aired on Spike TV and received 5.7 million viewers.

October 14 UFC 64: Unstoppable N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA10,173300,000N/A
October 21 Pride 32: The Real Deal N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USA11,72740,000This was the first Pride FC event held in the USA.
November 2 IFL: World Championship Semifinals N/A Flag of the United States.svg Portland, Oregon, USAN/AN/AN/A
November 5 Pride Bushido 13 Pride Bushido Survival Finals Flag of Japan.svg Yokohama, JapanN/AN/ASemifinals and final to Pride GP 2006 welterweight tournament.

Kazuo Misaki becomes the Pride 2006 welterweight Grand Prix champion.

November 11 The Ultimate Fighter 4 Finale N/A Flag of the United States.svg Las Vegas, Nevada, USAN/AN/AN/A
November 11 K-1 Hero's Lithuania 2006 N/A Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania N/AN/AN/A
November 18 UFC 65: Bad Intentions N/A Flag of the United States.svg Sacramento, California, USA14,666500,000N/A
December 8 Strikeforce: Triple Threat N/A Flag of the United States.svg San Jose, California, USA8,701N/AThis event featured one of the first major women's MMA bouts.

Between Gina Carano and Elaina Maxwell.

December 13 UFC Fight Night: Sanchez vs Riggs UFC Fight Night 7 Flag of the United States.svg San Diego, California, USAN/AN/AN/A
December 29 IFL: Championship Final N/A Flag of the United States.svg Uncasville, Connecticut, USAN/AN/AEnd of 2006 IFL Season 2.
December 30 UFC 66: Liddell vs. Ortiz 2 N/A Flag of the United States.svg Paradise, Nevada, USA13,7611,050,000This is the first MMA event to receive over a million PPV buys.
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2006 N/A Flag of Japan.svg Saitama, Japan48,709N/AN/A
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2006 Dynamite!! N/A Flag of Japan.svg Osaka, Japan51,930N/AEvent featured ten K-1 Hero's MMA bouts and four K-1 kickboxing bouts.

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Rugby league

The Brisbane Broncos won the 2006 NRL Premiership. Darren Lockyer and Wayne Bennett (4 October 2006, Brisbane).jpg
The Brisbane Broncos won the 2006 NRL Premiership.

Rugby union

Ski jumping

Ski mountaineering

Speed skating

Swimming

Tennis

Triathlon

Volleyball

Water polo

Weightlifting

World University Championships

Multi-sport events

Awards

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