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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
Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos UFC 220 2018.01.20
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 220 2018.01.20
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau UFC 220 2018.01.20
Polo Reyes vs. Matt Frevola UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria 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
Michel Quiñones vs. Sage Northcutt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Diego Sanchez vs. Matt Brown UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 217 2017.11.04
Corey Anderson vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 217 2017.11.04
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt UFC 217 2017.11.04
Ed Ruth vs. Chris Dempsey Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Emily Ducote vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Gegard Mousasi Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Don Shainis vs. Matt Denning Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham UFC 216 2017.10.07
Ray Borg vs. Demetrious Johnson UFC 216 2017.10.07
Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Anthony Smith vs. Hector Lombard UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Dave Branch vs. Luke Rockhold UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Sérgio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Tyson Pedro vs. Ilir Latifi UFC 215 2017.09.09
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique UFC 215 2017.09.09
Steven Rodriguez vs. Andre Harrison Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Danny Davis Jr. vs. Jake Shields Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Zach Conn vs. Louis Taylor Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Chase Sherman vs. Damian Grabowski UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis II Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Haim Gozali vs. Ryan Couture Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Hugh McKenna vs. John Salgado Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Linton Vassell vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 179 2017.05.19
DJ Griffin vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr. Bellator 179 2017.05.19
Dustin Ortiz vs. Brandon Moreno UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Joe Proctor vs. Bryan Barberena UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Stevie Ray vs. Joe Lauzon UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Daniel Straus vs. Patricio Freire IV Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Regivaldo Carvalho vs. Jay Perrin Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Mak Kelleher vs. Don Shainis Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Jake Collier vs. Devin Clark UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Wilson Reis vs. Demetrious Johnson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman UFC 210 2017.04.08
Andrew Holbrook vs. Gregor Gillespie UFC 210 2017.04.08
Mike De La Torre vs. Myles Jury UFC 210 2017.04.08
Blagoi Ivanov vs. Shawn Jordan WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Matt Secor vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Yuta Sasaki vs. Wilson Reis UFC 208 2017.02.11
Tim Boetsch vs. Ronaldo Souza UFC 208 2017.02.11
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro UFC 208 2017.02.11
David Garcia vs. Kody Nordby CES 41 2017.01.27
Miguel Restrepo vs. Carlos Candelario CES 41 2017.01.27
Jake Heun vs. Smealinho Rama WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Josenaldo Silva vs. Marlon Moraes WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Luiz Firmino vs. Justin Gaethje WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira UFC 207 2016.12.30
Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia UFC 207 2016.12.30
Ray Borg vs. Louis Smolka UFC 207 2016.12.30
Matt Lozano vs. Sean Santella CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Ahsan Abdullah vs. Christopher Piriz CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Joseph Solecki vs. Andrew Chirico CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Aaron Kennedy vs. Brandon Davis CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Chris Rollins vs. Sergio DeBari CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Jordan Mein vs. Emil Weber Meek UFC 206 2016.12.10
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober UFC 206 2016.12.10
Doo Ho Choi vs. Cub Swanson UFC 206 2016.12.10
Shamil Abdurahimov vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Ashley Yoder vs. Justine Kish UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Tiago Trator vs. Shane Burgos UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Dinis Paiva vs. Zane Behrend CES 40 2016.11.23
Montoyia Swilling vs. Gary Balletto Jr. CES 40 2016.11.23
Russell Campbell vs. Dylan Lockard CES 40 2016.11.23
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal UFC 205 2016.11.12
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington UFC 205 2016.11.12
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson UFC 205 2016.11.12
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima II Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Karla Benitez vs. Lena Ovchynnikova Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Kfir Eittan vs. Chen Shhori Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Moish Rand vs. Hitham Kayof Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Maor Kazalkopy vs. Raz Bring Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Joaquin Buckley vs. Jackie Gosh Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Tyler King vs. Josh Diekmann II Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Ilya Kotau vs. Carlos Correia Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Javy Ayala vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Freddy Arteaga vs. Matt Almy Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Julian Marquez vs. Matt Hamill Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Nolan Brant vs. Jeremy Stewart Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Dave Branch vs. Vinny Magalhães WSOF 33 2016.10.07
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Bobby Cooper WSOF 33 2016.10.07
Timur Valiev vs. Chris Gutierrez II WSOF 33 2016.10.07
Ketlen Vieira vs. Kelly Faszholz UFC Fight Night 96 2016.10.01
Andre Fili vs. Hacran Dias UFC Fight Night 96 2016.10.01
Brandon Moreno vs. Louis Smolka UFC Fight Night 96 2016.10.01
John Poppie vs. Mike Rodriguez CES 38 2016.09.23
Sean Soriano vs. Levan Makashvili CES 38 2016.09.23
Derek Shorey vs. Pete Rogers Jr. CES 38 2016.09.23
Carlos Zevallos vs. Pat Walsh CES 38 2016.09.23
Lionel Young vs. Wayne Ahlquist CES 38 2016.09.23
Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnson UFC Fight Night 94 2016.09.17
Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia UFC Fight Night 94 2016.09.17
Islam Makhachev vs. Chris Wade UFC Fight Night 94 2016.09.17
Bec Rawlings vs. Paige VanZant UFC on FOX 21 2016.08.27
Enrique Barzola vs. Kyle Bochniak UFC on FOX 21 2016.08.27
Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin UFC 202 2016.08.20
Glover Teixeira vs. Anthony Johnson UFC 202 2016.08.20
Marvin Vettori vs. Alberto Uda UFC 202 2016.08.20
Pat McCrohan vs. Ruslan Melikov CES 37 2016.08.12
Joe Pingitore vs. Matt Bessette CES 37 2016.08.12
Joe Gigliotti vs. Trevor Smith UFC Fight Night 92 2016.08.06
Chris Camozzi vs. Thales Leites UFC Fight Night 92 2016.08.06
Dominique Steele vs. Court McGee UFC Fight Night 92 2016.08.06
Hector Sandoval vs. Wilson Reis UFC 201 2016.07.30
Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 201 2016.07.30
Kelvin Gastelum vs. Johny Hendricks UFC 200 2016.07.09
Mark Hunt vs. Brock Lesnar UFC 200 2016.07.09
Cory Hendricks vs. Josh Stansbury The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale 2016.07.08
Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale 2016.07.08
Andrew Holbrook vs. Joaquim Silva The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale 2016.07.08
Sheymon Moraes vs. Luis Palomino WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Bruce Boyington vs. Saul Almeida WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Justin Willis vs. Juliano Coutinho WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Josh Copeland vs. Blagoi Ivanov WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Tom English vs. James Grant Murrin CES 36 2016.06.10
Marquis Brewster vs. Vladimir Kazbekov CES 36 2016.06.10
Josh LaBerge vs. Jon Lemke CES 36 2016.06.10
Matt Tullos vs. Merab Dvalishvili CES 36 2016.06.10
Hector Sanchez vs. Kurtis Parisi CES 36 2016.06.10
Ran Weathers vs. Matt Bessette CES 36 2016.06.10
Francisco Trinaldo vs. Yancy Medeiros UFC 198 2016.05.14
Stipe Miocic vs. Fabrício Werdum UFC 198 2016.05.14
Andre Fili vs. Yair Rodriguez UFC 197 2016.04.23
Glaico França vs. James Vick UFC 197 2016.04.23
Clint Hester vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima UFC 197 2016.04.23
Beneil Dariush vs. Mike Chiesa UFC on FOX 19 2016.04.16
Mike Graves vs. Randy Brown UFC on FOX 19 2016.04.16
Rose Namajunas vs. Tecia Torres II UFC on FOX 19 2016.04.16
Omari Akhmedov vs. Elizeu Zaleski UFC on FOX 19 2016.04.16
Kenny Foster vs. Calvin Kattar CES 34 2016.04.01

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