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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
Niko Price vs. Geoff Neal UFC 240 2019.07.27
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 240 2019.07.27
Leon Edwards vs. Rafael dos Anjos UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Juan Adams vs. Greg Hardy UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Gabriel Silva vs. Ray Borg UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Alex Caceres vs. Steven Peterson UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Luis Pena vs. Matt Wiman UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Eric Spicely vs. Deron Winn UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
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
Aaron Pico vs. Ádám Borics Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Blagoy Ivanov vs. Tai Tuivasa UFC 238 2019.06.08
Calvin Kattar vs. Ricardo Lamas UFC 238 2019.06.08
Joanne Calderwood vs. Katlyn Chookagian UFC 238 2019.06.08
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone UFC 238 2019.06.08
Ronny Markes vs. Sigi Pesaleli PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Vinny Magalhães vs. Emiliano Sordi PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Kelvin Tiller vs. Mo De'Reese PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Maxim Grishin vs. Jordan Johnson PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Jared Rosholt vs. Denis Goltsov PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Ed Herman vs. Patrick Cummins UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Charles Jourdain vs. Des Green UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Vicente Luque vs. Derrick Krantz UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Court McGee vs. Dhiego Lima UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Jack Hermansson vs. David Branch UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Julian Lane vs. Leonard Garcia BKFC 4 2019.02.02
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Kyle Stewart vs. Chance Rencountre UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Josh Copeland vs. Philipe Lins PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Louis Taylor vs. Abusupiyan Magomedov PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Weidman UFC 230 2018.11.03
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Adam Wieczorek UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jordan Rinaldi vs. Jason Knight UFC 230 2018.11.03
Lando Vannata vs. Matt Frevola UFC 230 2018.11.03
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Anatoly Tokov Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Nick Fiore vs. Jerome Mickle Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Camron Lochinov vs. Sean Lally Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Vinicius de Jesus vs. Tim Caron Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Kastriot Xhema vs. Pat Casey Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Nik Lentz vs. Gray Maynard UFC 229 2018.10.06
Dominick Reyes vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 229 2018.10.06
Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner UFC 229 2018.10.06
Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson UFC 228 2018.09.08
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till UFC 228 2018.09.08
Lucie Pudilová vs. Irene Aldana UFC 228 2018.09.08
Frank Camacho vs. Geoff Neal UFC 228 2018.09.08
Artur Alibulatov vs. Dan Spohn PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Maxim Grishin vs. Rakim Cleveland PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Natan Schulte vs. Jason High PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Daniel Gallemore vs. Valdrin Istrefi PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Nazareno Malegarie vs. Andre Harrison PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Shawn Jordan vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Alex Nicholson vs. Philipe Lins PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Alexandre de Almeida vs. Steven Siler PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith UFC 225 2018.06.09
Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 225 2018.06.09
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker II UFC 225 2018.06.09
Jack May vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Alex Nicholson vs. Jake Heun PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Francimar Barroso vs. Daniel Gallemore PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Kelvin Tiller vs. Caio Alencar PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Tuerxun Jumabieke vs. Andre Harrison PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Des Green vs. Gleison Tibau UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jarred Brooks vs. Jose Torres UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Charlie Ward vs. Martin Hudson Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Amir Albazi vs. Iuri Bejenari Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Fabio Andres Arboleda vs. Joan Sebastian Granada Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Yolvic Torres vs. Juan Diego Rozo Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Julian Parada vs. Gustavo Arrieta Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Andrés Torres vs. Daniel Henao Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Rolando Herrera vs. Santiago Prieto Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios vs. Lina Franco Rodriguez Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Joseph Vieira vs. Fredy Serrano Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Matt Hamill vs. Chris Birchler Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Ibrahim Kallie vs. Joseph Cole Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Joseph Byers vs. Victor Alpizar Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Charles Wallace vs. James Lodge Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Andrew Johnson vs. Noel Irizarry Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Luis Rodriguez vs. Ryan Rizco Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
David Juliano vs. Jovany Alverez Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Zach Haynes vs. Nestor Negroni Jr. Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Nazim Sadykhov vs. Bobby Malcolm Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Andy Segovia vs. Stephen Moleski Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Izzy William vs. Paul Sims Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Bassil Hafez vs. Jerome Mickle Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Vladimir Kazbekov vs. Malek Mahmoud Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez UFC 223 2018.04.07
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta UFC 223 2018.04.07
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon UFC 223 2018.04.07
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Marcin Prachnio vs. Sam Alvey UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Renan Barão vs. Brian Kelleher UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Diego Ferreira vs. Jared Gordon UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Brandon Davis vs. Steven Peterson UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Jarod Trice vs. Walter Howard Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Vadim Nemkov vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson II Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ross Richardson vs. Ron Leon Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson II UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Justine Kish vs. Ji Yeon Kim UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Bobby Green vs. Erik Koch UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 220 2018.01.20
Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos UFC 220 2018.01.20
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau UFC 220 2018.01.20
Kalindra Faria vs. Jessica Eye UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Michael Johnson vs. Darren Elkins UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Matt Frevola vs. Polo Reyes UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Abel Trujillo vs. John Makdessi UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Mihail Nica vs. Carlos Leal Bellator 190 2017.12.09
Francis N'Gannou vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 218 2017.12.02
Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira UFC 218 2017.12.02
Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis UFC 218 2017.12.02
Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quiñones UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Corey Anderson vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 217 2017.11.04
Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 217 2017.11.04
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw UFC 217 2017.11.04
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Chris Dempsey vs. Ed Ruth Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Matt Denning vs. Don Shainis Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush UFC 216 2017.10.07
Ray Borg vs. Demetrious Johnson UFC 216 2017.10.07
Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Sérgio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16

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