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1994 In Sports

1994 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

Years in sports: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997
Centuries: 19th century · 20th century · 21st century
Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s
Years: 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997


  • Alpine skiing 1
  • American football 2
  • Association football 3
  • Athletics 4
  • Australian rules football 5
  • Baseball 6
  • Basketball 7
  • Boxing 8
  • Canadian football 9
  • Cycling 10
  • Dogsled racing 11
  • Field Hockey 12
  • Figure skating 13
  • Gaelic Athletic Association 14
  • Golf 15
  • Handball 16
  • Harness racing 17
  • Horse racing 18
  • Ice hockey 19
  • Kickboxing 20
  • Lacrosse 21
  • Mixed martial arts 22
  • Motor racing 23
  • Professional Wrestling 24
  • Radiosport 25
  • Rugby league 26
  • Rugby union 27
  • Snooker 28
  • Swimming 29
  • Tennis 30
  • Triathlon 31
  • Volleyball 32
  • Water polo 33
  • Awards 34
  • References 35

Alpine skiing

American football

  • Super Bowl XXVIIIDallas Cowboys won 30–13 over the Buffalo Bills. It is the fourth consecutive Super Bowl appearance by the Bills as well as their fourth consecutive loss. This is also the first (and thus far only) time that the same two teams have met in consecutive Super Bowls.
  • Orange Bowl (1993 season):
  • October 23 – in a game where the New Orleans Saints beat the Los Angeles Rams 37–34 Robert Bailey of the Rams sets the NBL record for longest punt return (103 yards) and Tyrone Hughes of the Saints sets the NFL single game record for kickoff return yards (304) and most return yards (347) and ties the single game record for kickoff returns returned for touchdown (2).
  • November 13 – Drew Bledsoe sets NFL single game records for pass attempts (70) and pass completions (45) helping New England Patriots beat Minnesota Vikings 26–20.
  • October 31, 1994, In a rainy and windy game at Soldier Field on Monday Night Football, Dick Buktus' and Gale Sayers' Jerseys were retired at Halftime, but the Bears were blown away by Brett Favre and the Packers, 6–33.

Association football

  • July 2 – death of Andrés Escobar, Colombian player, who was shot dead apparently because of an own goal he had scored in a World Cup match


Australian rules football



NBA Finals


  • January 29 – Frankie Randall causes Julio César Chávez his first defeat in 91 professional bouts, winning the WBC world Jr. Welterweight title in the process, by a split decision in 12 rounds.
  • November 5 – forty-five-year-old boxing's oldest heavyweight champion when he knocked out Michael Moorer in the 10th round of a Las Vegas fight.

Canadian football


Dogsled racing

Field Hockey

  • Men's Champions Trophy: Pakistan
  • Men's World Cup: Pakistan
  • Women's World Cup: Australia

Figure skating

Gaelic Athletic Association


Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


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

Harness racing

Horse racing


Flat races

Ice hockey


The following is a list of major noteworthy kickboxing events during 1994 in chronological order.

Before 2000, K-1 was considered the only major kickboxing promotion in the world.

Date Event Location Attendance Notes
March 4 K-1 Challenge Tokyo, Japan 15,000
April 30 K-1 Grand Prix '94 Tokyo, Japan 11,000 Second K-1 World Grand Prix. Tournament features eight competitors, rather than sixteen like the year before.
May 8 K-2 Plus Tournament 1994 Amsterdam, Netherlands Features eight-man light heavyweight (76–79 kg/167-174 lbs) tournament. First K-1 event held outside of Japan.
September 18 K-1 Revenge Tokyo, Japan 14,000
December 10 K-1 Legend Nagoya, Japan 9,550 First K-1 event to feature a mixed martial arts bout.


Mixed martial arts

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 1994 in chronological order.

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

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
March 11 UFC 2: No Way Out UFC 2
The Ultimate Fighting Championship 2
Denver, Colorado, US 2,000 300,000 UFC rule change, time limits were dropped. Groin strikes became legal again, however still illegal to grab the genitals. Cage design was modified.

The first and only sixteen-man tournament in UFC history.

September 9 UFC 3: The American Dream N/A Charlotte, North Carolina, US N/A N/A UFC rule change, referee is officially given the right to stop a fight. Kicking with shoes is banned, however this rule was quickly discarded.
December 16 UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors N/A Tulsa, Oklahoma, US 5,857 N/A UFC rule change, After tournament alternate Steve Jennum won UFC 3 by winning only one bout, alternates (replacements) were required to win a pre-tournament bout to qualify for the role of an alternate.

Motor racing

Professional Wrestling


Rugby league

Rugby union






  • Men's World League: Italy
  • Men's World Championship: Italy
  • Men's European Beach Volleyball Championships: Jan Kvalheim and Bjørn Maaseide (Norway)
  • Women's World Grand Prix: Brazil
  • Women's World Championship: Cuba
  • Women's European Beach Volleyball Championships: Beate Bühler and Danja Müsch (Germany)

Water polo

  • Men's World Championship: Italy
  • Women's World Championship: Hungary



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