1997 in Sports
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1997 in Sports

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

Alpine skiing

American football

Artistic gymnastics

Association football

For an extensive coverage see 1997 in Association football


Australian football




Canadian football



Dogsled racing

  • Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Champion
    • Martin Buser won with lead dogs: Blondie & Fearless

Field hockey

  • Men's Champions Trophy: Germany
  • Women's Champions Trophy: Australia

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racing

Horse racing

  • The Grand National Saturday meeting was abandoned after two coded bomb threats were received, causing evacuation of the course. The race was eventually run on the following Monday.


Flat races

Ice hockey


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 United States Dothan, Alabama, US 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 United States Augusta, Georgia, US 5,100 N/A Closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only.
July 27 UFC 14: Showdown N/A United States Birmingham, Alabama, US 5,000 N/A UFC rule change, requires fighters to use 4-6 oz gloves.
October 11 Pride 1 N/A Japan Tokyo, Japan 47,860 N/A Pride FC's first event.

The event featured one kickboxing bout between Branko Cikati? and Ralph White.

October 17 UFC 15: Collision Course N/A United States Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, US N/A N/A UFC rule change, redefined permissible striking areas.
December 21 UFC Japan: Ultimate Japan UFC 15.5 Japan Yokohama, Japan 5,000 N/A This event featured the first appearance of longtime UFC announcer Mike Goldberg.




Rugby league

Rugby union






  • Men's World League: Italy
  • Women's World Grand Prix: Russia
  • Men's European Championship: Netherlands
  • Women's European Championship: Russia

Water polo

  • Men's World Cup: USA
  • Men's European Championship: Hungary
  • Women's European Championship: Italy

Multi-sport events



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