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Refereed by Dan Miragliotta

New Jersey native Dan Miragliotta has refereed more than seventy professional mixed martial arts bouts for the Ultimate Fighting Championship beginning in 2007, plus matchups in EliteXC and Bellator, as well as hundreds of bouts in minor promotions. At 6'4" tall and 295 pounds, "Big" Dan, as he is known to some, is the largest referee in professional MMA. He "out-bigs" even the more well-known "Big" Jon McCarthy (who also stands at 6'4") by a full 50 lbs. Miragliotta's stature and demeanor make him a natural choice for UFC heavyweight bouts, and he has presided over more than one Octagon clash of heavyweight titans, including Fabricio Werdum versus Gabe Gonzaga at UFC 80, and Heath Herring versus Brock Lesnar at UFC 87.

Miragliotta's involvement in martial arts began after a wakeboarding accident at the age of fourteen left him with two broken vertebrae in his neck. He turned to Karate to help regain his motor coordination. Miragliotta went on to gain a black belt in Shito Ryu Karate and a 5th degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. He also trains in Muay Thai and Shootfighting, and holds a BJJ blue belt under Renzo Gracie.

Miragliotta covered his first UFC title bout at UFC 101, officiating BJ Penn's successful title defense over Kenny Florian in Philadelphia. His next title affair also came close to home, in Newark, New Jersey, where he presided over Shane Carwin's first round knockout of Frank Mir for the Interim Heavyweight Championship. Finally, Miragliotta reffed Anderson Silva's notorious five round win over Demian Maia to retain his Middleweight Championship at UFC 112 in Abu Dhabi.

Like any seasoned referee, Miragliotta has been criticized for certain performances. Many fans turned the blame to him after Silva's cavalier title defense over Maia, suggesting "Big" Dan could have done more to spur on the action and minimize Silva's antics. He was more heavily criticized for his handling of EliteXC's 2008 Kimbo Slice versus James Thompson main event live on CBS. Miragliotta permitted Slice, at that time a media darling and the key to EliteXC's financial success, to lay on the bottom of unanswered strikes from Thompson for most of the second round. Many believed a TKO stoppage was justified. Miragliotta let Kimbo escape the round, however, and Slice went on to knock Thompson out early in the third, when Miragliotta stopped the action without Thompson having been knocked down.

Miragliotta was also third man in the Octagon during UFC 113's infamous welterweight bout between Josh Koscheck and Paul "Semtex" Daley, in which Daley sucker-punched Koscheck after the final bell had sounded. There, Miragliotta's quick thinking was beyond reproach. On the replay, he can be seen correctly stepping in between the two fighters at the bell, and immediately pulling Daley away after the shot was landed, preventing what could have been an even worse scene. UFC President Dana White bounced Daley from the promotion before the night was through.

Portions of this article draw on information contained in Fight! Magazine's April 29, 2010 interview with Miragliotta, available at http://news.fightmagazine.com/dan-miragliotta-ufc-112-mma-4882/.

Refereed by Dan Miragliotta

Bout   Event   Date   Org
Mark Lemminger vs. Demarques Jackson Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Levan Chokheli vs. Kyle Crutchmer Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Nick Newell vs. Bobby King Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Douglas Lima vs. Yaroslav Amosov Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Andrew Salas vs. Kris Moutinho CFFC 96 2021.05.28
Jeremiah Labiano vs. Boimah Karmo CFFC 96 2021.05.28
Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith II Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Saad Awad vs. Nate Andrews Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Davion Franklin vs. Tyler King Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Mike Grundy vs. Lando Vannata UFC 262 2021.05.15
Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler UFC 262 2021.05.15
Jéssica Andrade vs. Valentina Shevchenko UFC 261 2021.04.24
Brendan Allen vs. Karl Roberson UFC 261 2021.04.24
Marcus Surin vs. Lance Gibson Jr. Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Julius Anglickas vs. Gregory Milliard Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Phil Davis vs. Vadim Nemkov II Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida II Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Dan Moret vs. Goiti Yamauchi Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Talita Nogueira vs. Jessica Borga Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Cass Bell vs. Jornel Lugo Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Jose Augusto Azevedo vs. Jonathan Wilson Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Ricardo Seixas vs. Mandel Nallo Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Jack May vs. Tyrell Fortune Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Charlie Campbell vs. Cedric Gunnison CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Troy Cain vs. Miles Lee CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Collin Huckbody vs. Aaron Jeffery CFFC 93 2021.03.12
José Aldo vs. Marlon Vera UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Deron Winn vs. Antônio Arroyo UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Juliana Velasquez vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Bellator 254 2020.12.10
Kai Kamaka III vs. Jonathan Pearce UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Mudaerji Su vs. Malcolm Gordon UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Thomas Majeski vs. Jerome Macalino CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Mike Gonzalez vs. Vilson Ndregjoni CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Sitik Muduev vs. Frank Buenafuente CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Josh Smith vs. Charalampos Grigoriou CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Christien Savoie vs. Bassil Hafez CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Brandon Calton vs. Jake Hager Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Gegard Mousasi vs. Douglas Lima Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Ciaran Clarke vs. Jean N'Doye Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Dominique Wooding vs. Fabacary Diatta Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Terry Brazier vs. Yves Landu Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Oliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel Dawa Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Tim Johnson vs. Cheick Kongo II Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Chris Bungard vs. Aymard Guih Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Gokhan Saricam vs. Joffie Houlton Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Ashleigh Grimshaw vs. Andrew Fisher Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Marek Jakimowicz vs. Curtis Dodge Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Carlo Pedersoli vs. Acoidan Duque Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Andy Manzolo vs. Charlie Ward Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Walter Gahadza vs. Uroš Jurišić Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Kywan Gracie vs. Constantin Gnusariov Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Simone D'Anna vs. Brian Moore Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Iamik Furtado vs. Chris Duncan Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Kate Jackson vs. Denise Kielholtz Bellator 247 2020.10.01
George Hardwick vs. Nicolò Solli Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Kent Kauppinen vs. Will Fleury Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Ion Pascu vs. Stefano Paternò Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Aiden Lee vs. Jeremy Petley Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Frans Mlambo vs. Cory Tait Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Richie Smullen vs. Harry Hardwick Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Tyron Woodley vs. Colby Covington UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Mirsad Bektić vs. Damon Jackson UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Ras Hylton vs. Davion Franklin Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Daniel Madrid vs. Pat Casey Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Rafael Carvalho vs. Alex Polizzi Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis II Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Jessy Miele vs. Julia Budd Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Adam Piccolotti vs. Sidney Outlaw Bellator 244 2020.08.21
John Salter vs. Andrew Kapel Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Danny Chavez vs. TJ Brown UFC 252 2020.08.15
Junior dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC 252 2020.08.15
Hamza Salim vs. Grant Neal Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson II Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Sabah Homasi vs. Curtis Millender Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Charlie Campbell vs. Nainoa Dung Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Mike Hamel vs. Ádám Borics Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Mariya Agapova vs. Hannah Cifers UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Marvin Vettori vs. Karl Roberson UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Christian Aguilera vs. Anthony Ivy UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Don'Tale Mayes UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Yadong Song vs. Marlon Vera UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Omar Morales vs. Gabriel Benítez UFC Fight Night 2020.05.13
Ovince St. Preux vs. Ben Rothwell UFC Fight Night 2020.05.13
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson UFC 249 2020.05.09
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Francis N'Gannou UFC 249 2020.05.09
Sam Alvey vs. Ryan Spann UFC 249 2020.05.09
Sean O'Malley vs. Jose Alberto Quiñonez UFC 248 2020.03.07
Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero UFC 248 2020.03.07
Zarah Fairn vs. Felicia Spencer UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Gabriel Silva vs. Kyler Phillips UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Ilir Latifi vs. Derrick Lewis UFC 247 2020.02.08
Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes UFC 247 2020.02.08
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista UFC 247 2020.02.08
Darko Stošić vs. Jamahal Hill UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Junior dos Santos vs. Curtis Blaydes UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Jordan Espinosa vs. Alex Perez UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Montel Jackson vs. Felipe Colares UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Jared Rosholt vs. Ali Isaev PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Jordan Johnson vs. Emiliano Sordi PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Matt Sayles vs. Bryce Mitchell UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie UFC 244 2019.11.02
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Andrei Arlovski UFC 244 2019.11.02
Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 244 2019.11.02
Nick Newell vs. Manny Muro Bellator 232 2019.10.26
Mandel Nallo vs. Killys Mota Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Steve Mowry vs. Gokhan Saricam Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Jake Hager vs. Anthony Garrett Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Bec Rawlings vs. Ilara Joanne Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Karl Moore vs. Lee Chadwick Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Ilias Bulaid vs. Vitalic Maiboroda Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Jose Alberto Quiñonez vs. Carlos Huachin UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Askar Askarov vs. Brandon Moreno UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Vinicius Moreira vs. Paul Craig UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Mike Kimbel vs. Chris Disonell Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Tyrell Fortune vs. Rudy Schaffroth Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Deiveson Figueiredo UFC 240 2019.07.27
Geoff Neal vs. Niko Price UFC 240 2019.07.27
Steven Peterson vs. Alex Caceres UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Ray Borg vs. Gabriel Silva UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Luis Pena vs. Matt Wiman UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Deron Winn vs. Eric Spicely UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Randy Brown vs. Bryan Barberena UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Ádám Borics vs. Aaron Pico Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Haim Gozali vs. Gustavo Wurlitzer Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Rory MacDonald vs. Neiman Gracie Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Whitney Jean Francois vs. Kastriot Xhema Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Tai Tuivasa UFC 238 2019.06.08
Joanne Calderwood vs. Katlyn Chookagian UFC 238 2019.06.08
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar UFC 238 2019.06.08
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone UFC 238 2019.06.08
Denis Goltsov vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Vinny Magalhães vs. Emiliano Sordi PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Kelvin Tiller vs. Mo DeReese PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Maxim Grishin vs. Jordan Johnson PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Ronny Markes vs. Sigi Pesaleli PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Ed Herman vs. Patrick Cummins UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Kevin Lee vs. Rafael dos Anjos UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18

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