1996 in Sports
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1996 in Sports

1996 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Alpine skiing

American football

Association football

For an extensive coverage see 1996 in Association football


Australian rules football


  • January 8; For the first time in 25 years, no one garners 75 percent of the votes needed to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Phil Niekro comes closest with 68 percent.
  • The New York Yankees won 1996 World Series defeating the Atlanta Braves.



Canadian football



Dogsled racing

Field hockey

  • Olympic Games Men's Competition: Netherlands
  • Olympic Games Women's Competition: Australia

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


  • Men's European Championship: Russia
  • Women's European Championship: Denmark

Harness racing

Horse racing


Flat races

Ice hockey


Mixed martial arts

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1996 in chronological order.

Before 1997, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was considered the only major MMA organization in the world and featured much fewer rules then are used in modern MMA.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
February 16 UFC 8: David vs. Goliath N/A Puerto Rico Bayamón, Puerto Rico 13,000 160,000 UFC rule change, timed rounds were changed to two 10-minute rounds for first two rounds of the tournament and a single 15-minute round in the tournament final and superfights. Introduction of judges. First MMA event to draw criticism from politicians.
May 17 UFC 9: Motor City Madness N/A United States Detroit, Michigan, US 10,000 N/A First UFC event not to feature a tournament, however it was not the last.

Closed fisted strikes to the head were banned for this event only, however this was not enforced.
Following this event the UFC was removed from airing events on numerous cable systems, including TCI cable.

July 12 UFC 10: The Tournament N/A United States Birmingham, Alabama, US 4,300 N/A This event was originally going to be held at the Providence Civic Center in Providence, Rhode Island.
September 20 UFC 11: The Proving Ground N/A United States Augusta, Georgia, US 4,500 N/A N/A
December 7 The Ultimate Ultimate 2 Ultimate Ultimate 1996
UFC 11.5
United States Birmingham, Alabama, US 6,000 N/A UFC rule change, introduction of "no grabbing of the fence" rule.

In promotion for this event, Ken Shamrock appeared as a guest on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.
Following this event Ken Shamrock would leave the UFC until 2002. And marked the last UFC fight of Don Frye.


Professional Wrestling


Rugby league

Rugby union





  • Men's World League: Netherlands
  • Women's World Grand Prix: Brazil
  • Olympic Games Men's Competition: Netherlands
  • Olympic Games Women's Competition: Cuba

Water polo

  • Olympic Games Men's Competition: Spain
  • Olympic Games Women's Competition: Netherlands

Multi-sport events



  1. ^ DeLassus, David. "Kansas State University football records--1996". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on October 20, 2012. Retrieved 2013.

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