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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
Israel Adesanya vs. Yoel Romero UFC 248 2020.03.07
Sean O'Malley vs. Jose Alberto Quiñones UFC 248 2020.03.07
Zarah Fairn vs. Felicia Spencer UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Kyler Phillips vs. Gabriel Silva UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Benavidez 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
Ben Rothwell vs. Stefan Struve UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles 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
Gokhan Saricam vs. Steve Mowry Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Mandel Nallo vs. Killys Mota 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
Vitalic Maiboroda vs. Ilias Bulaid Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Lee Chadwick vs. Karl Moore Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Brandon Moreno vs. Askar Askarov UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Vinicius Moreira vs. Paul Craig UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Jose Alberto Quiñones vs. Carlos Huachin UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Chris Disonell vs. Mike Kimbel Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Tyrell Fortune vs. Rudy Schaffroth Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli 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
Alex Caceres vs. Steven Peterson 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
Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Luis Pena vs. Matt Wiman UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Deron Winn vs. Eric Spicely UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Aaron Pico vs. Ádám Borics Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Kastriot Xhema vs. Whitney Jean Francois 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
Calvin Kattar vs. Ricardo Lamas UFC 238 2019.06.08
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov 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
Sigi Pesaleli vs. Ronny Markes PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
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 De'Reese PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Maxim Grishin vs. Jordan Johnson PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Patrick Cummins vs. Ed Herman UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Derrick Krantz vs. Vicente Luque UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Des Green vs. Charles Jourdain UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Court McGee vs. Dhiego Lima UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Jack Hermansson vs. Ronaldo Souza UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai 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
Karolina Kowalkiewicz vs. Michelle Waterson UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Julian Lane vs. Leonard Garcia BKFC 4 2019.02.02
Allen Crowder vs. Greg Hardy UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Vinicius Moreira vs. Alonzo Menifield UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Josh Copeland vs. Philipe Lins PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Louis Taylor PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima UFC 230 2018.11.03
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi UFC 230 2018.11.03
Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Weidman UFC 230 2018.11.03
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Anatoly Tokov Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen 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
Vinicius de Jesus vs. Tim Caron Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Kastriot Xhema vs. Pat Casey Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Sean Lally vs. Camron Lochinov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Dominick Reyes vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 229 2018.10.06
Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner UFC 229 2018.10.06
Nik Lentz vs. Gray Maynard UFC 229 2018.10.06
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho UFC 228 2018.09.08
Darren Till vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 228 2018.09.08
John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC 228 2018.09.08
Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilová UFC 228 2018.09.08
Artur Alibulatov vs. Dan Spohn PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Natan Schulte vs. Jason High PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Maxim Grishin vs. Rakim Cleveland PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Steven Siler vs. Alexandre de Almeida PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Daniel Gallemore vs. Valdrin Istrefi 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
Andre Harrison vs. Nazareno Malegarie PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Anthony Smith vs. Rashad Evans UFC 225 2018.06.09
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker II UFC 225 2018.06.09
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes UFC 225 2018.06.09
Tuerxun Jumabieke vs. Andre Harrison PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Caio Alencar vs. Kelvin Tiller PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Alex Nicholson vs. Jake Heun PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Josh Copeland vs. Jack May PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Francimar Barroso vs. Daniel Gallemore PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Jarred Brooks vs. Jose Torres UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Gleison Tibau vs. Des Green UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Lauren Murphy vs. Sijara Eubanks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Iuri Bejenari vs. Amir Albazi Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Martin Hudson vs. Charlie Ward Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Fredy Serrano vs. Joseph Vieira Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Yolvic Torres vs. Juan Diego Rozo Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Lina Franco Rodriguez vs. Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios 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
Fabio Andres Arboleda vs. Joan Sebastian Granada Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
James Lodge vs. Charles Wallace 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
Chris Birchler vs. Matt Hamill Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Victor Alpizar vs. Joseph Byers Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Joseph Cole vs. Ibrahim Kallie Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Paul Sims vs. Izzy William 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
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
Marcin Prachnio vs. Sam Alvey UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Renan Barão vs. Brian Kelleher UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Marcin Tybura vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Brandon Davis vs. Steven Peterson UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Diego Ferreira vs. Jared Gordon UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson II Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Vadim Nemkov vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 194 2018.02.16

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