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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
Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Antônio Arroyo vs. Deron Winn UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Marlon Vera vs. José Aldo UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Juliana Velasquez vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Bellator 254 2020.12.10
Malcolm Gordon vs. Mudaerji Su UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Kai Kamaka III vs. Jonathan Pearce UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Christien Savoie vs. Bassil Hafez CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Charalampos Grigoriou vs. Josh Smith CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Jerome Macalino vs. Thomas Majeski 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
Jake Hager vs. Brandon Calton Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Douglas Lima vs. Gegard Mousasi Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Jean N'Doye vs. Ciaran Clarke Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Cheick Kongo vs. Timothy Johnson II 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
Chris Bungard vs. Aymard Guih Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Joffie Houlton vs. Gokhan Saricam 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
Charlie Ward vs. Andy Manzolo Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Acoidan Duque vs. Carlo Pedersoli Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Constantin Gnusariov vs. Kywan Gracie Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Iamik Furtado vs. Chris Duncan Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Brian Moore vs. Simone D'Anna Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Denise Kielholtz vs. Kate Jackson Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Walter Gahadza vs. Uroš Jurišić Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Frans Mlambo vs. Cory Tait Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Nicolò Solli vs. George Hardwick 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
Richie Smullen vs. Harry Hardwick Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Kent Kauppinen vs. Will Fleury Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Mirsad Bektić vs. Damon Jackson 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
Tyron Woodley vs. Colby Covington 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
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis II Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Alex Polizzi vs. Rafael Carvalho Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Adam Piccolotti vs. Sidney Outlaw Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Andrew Kapel vs. John Salter Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Jessy Miele vs. Julia Budd Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Junior dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC 252 2020.08.15
TJ Brown vs. Danny Chavez UFC 252 2020.08.15
Hamza Salim vs. Grant Neal Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Nainoa Dung vs. Charlie Campbell Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Curtis Millender vs. Sabah Homasi Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Mike Hamel vs. Ádám Borics Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler II Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Mariya Agapova vs. Hannah Cifers UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Anthony Ivy vs. Christian Aguilera UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Walt Harris vs. Alistair Overeem 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
Felicia Spencer vs. Zarah Fairn 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
Dominick Reyes vs. Jon Jones UFC 247 2020.02.08
Ilir Latifi vs. Derrick Lewis UFC 247 2020.02.08
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista UFC 247 2020.02.08
Felipe Colares vs. Montel Jackson UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Junior dos Santos vs. Curtis Blaydes UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Darko Stošić vs. Jamahal Hill UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Alex Perez vs. Jordan Espinosa UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Ali Isaev vs. Jared Rosholt 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
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Alistair Overeem UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Gregor Gillespie vs. Kevin Lee UFC 244 2019.11.02
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC 244 2019.11.02
Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz UFC 244 2019.11.02
Manny Muro vs. Nick Newell Bellator 232 2019.10.26
Ilara Joanne vs. Bec Rawlings Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Mandel Nallo vs. Killys Mota Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Steve Mowry vs. Gokhan Saricam Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Anthony Garrett vs. Jake Hager Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Richard Kiely vs. Michael Page Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Ilias Bulaid vs. Vitalic Maiboroda Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Karl Moore vs. Lee Chadwick Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Paul Craig vs. Vinicius Moreira UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
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
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Mike Kimbel vs. Chris Disonell Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Rudy Schaffroth vs. Tyrell Fortune Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Ahmet Kayretli vs. Ricky Bandejas 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
Matt Wiman vs. Luis Pena UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Deron Winn vs. Eric Spicely UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Neiman Gracie vs. Rory MacDonald Bellator 222 2019.06.14
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
Ricardo Lamas vs. Calvin Kattar UFC 238 2019.06.08
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone UFC 238 2019.06.08
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov UFC 238 2019.06.08
Katlyn Chookagian vs. Joanne Calderwood UFC 238 2019.06.08
Denis Goltsov vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Mo DeReese vs. Kelvin Tiller PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Emiliano Sordi vs. Vinny Magalhães 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
Patrick Cummins vs. Ed Herman 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
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. Ronaldo Souza UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Sheymon Moraes vs. Sodiq Yusuff UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
David Branch vs. Jack Hermansson UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Leonard Garcia vs. Julian Lane BKFC 4 2019.02.02
Glover Teixeira vs. Karl Roberson UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Kyle Stewart vs. Chance Rencountre UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Greg Hardy vs. Allen Crowder UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Vinicius Moreira vs. Alonzo Menifield UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Louis Taylor PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Philipe Lins vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata UFC 230 2018.11.03
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Adam Wieczorek UFC 230 2018.11.03
Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo Souza UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jordan Rinaldi vs. Jason Knight UFC 230 2018.11.03
Anatoly Tokov vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Jerome Mickle vs. Nick Fiore Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Jessica Ruiz vs. Jennifer Chieng Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Roy Nelson Bellator 207 2018.10.12

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