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2009 in sports describes the world events in sport.
Women's major championships
Senior major championships
The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events by month.
1/14 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku no Ran 2009
1/17 – UFC 93: Franklin vs. Henderson
1/24 – Affliction: Day of Reckoning (Last Affliction event)
1/25 – WEC 38: Varner vs. Cerrone
1/31 – UFC 94: St-Pierre vs. Penn 2
2/7 – UFC Fight Night: Lauzon vs. Stephens
2/21 – UFC 95: Sanchez vs. Stevenson
3/1 – WEC 39: Brown vs. Garcia
3/7 – UFC 96: Jackson vs. Jardine
3/8 – DREAM.7
3/20 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 7
4/1 – UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann
4/3 – Bellator I (Bellator FC's first event; Start of Bellator season 1)
4/5 – WEC 40: Torres vs. Mizugaki
4/5 – DREAM.8
4/10 – Bellator II
4/11 – Strikeforce: Shamrock vs. Diaz
4/17 – Bellator III
4/17 – Bellator IV
4/18 – UFC 97: Redemption
5/1 – Bellator V
5/2 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 8
5/8 – Bellator VI
5/15 – ShoMMA 1: Evangelista vs. Aina
5/15 – Bellator VII
5/15 – MFC 21: Hard Knocks
5/23 – UFC 98: Evans vs. Machida
5/26 – DREAM.9
5/29 – Bellator IX
6/5 – Bellator X
6/6 – Strikeforce: Lawler vs. Shields
6/7 – WEC 41: Brown vs. Faber II
6/12 – Bellator XI
6/13 – UFC 99: The Comeback
6/19 – ShoMMA 2: Villasenor vs. Cyborg
6/19 – Bellator XII (End of Bellator season 1)
6/20 – The Ultimate Fighter: United States vs. United Kingdom Finale
7/11 – UFC 100 (This event holds the highest PPV buyrate for a MMA event with 1.6 million buys)
7/20 – DREAM.10
8/2 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 9
8/8 – UFC 101: Declaration
8/9 – WEC 42: Torres vs. Bowles
8/15 – Strikeforce: Carano vs. Cyborg
8/29 – UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira
9/16 – UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard
9/19 – UFC 103: Franklin vs. Belfort
9/23 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 10
9/25 – ShoMMA 3: Kennedy vs. Cummings
10/6 – DREAM.11
10/10 – WEC 43: Cerrone vs. Henderson
10/24 – UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun
10/25 – DREAM.12
11/6 – ShoMMA 4: Gurgel vs. Evangelista
11/7 – Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers
11/7 – World Victory Road Presents: Sengoku 11
11/14 – UFC 105: Couture vs. Vera
11/18 – WEC 44: Brown vs. Aldo
11/20 – ShoMMA 5: Woodley vs. Bears
11/21 – UFC 106: Ortiz vs. Griffin 2
12/5 – The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights Finale
12/12 – UFC 107: Penn vs. Sanchez
12/19 – WEC 45: Cerrone vs. Ratcliff
12/19 – Strikeforce: Evolution
12/31 – Dynamite!! 2009 (Event featured 12 DREAM/SRC MMA bouts and 6 K-1 kickboxing bouts)
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