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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
Ádám Borics vs. Mike Hamel Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Grant Neal vs. Hamza Salim 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
Benson Henderson vs. Michael Chandler II Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Marvin Vettori vs. Karl Roberson UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Mariya Agapova vs. Hannah Cifers UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Anthony Ivy vs. Christian Aguilera UFC Fight Night 2020.06.13
Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Yadong Song vs. Marlon Vera UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Don'Tale Mayes UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Ovince St. Preux vs. Ben Rothwell UFC Fight Night 2020.05.13
Gabriel Benítez vs. Omar Morales UFC Fight Night 2020.05.13
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Francis N'Gannou UFC 249 2020.05.09
Sam Alvey vs. Ryan Spann UFC 249 2020.05.09
Michelle Waterson vs. Carla Esparza UFC 249 2020.05.09
Yoel Romero vs. Israel Adesanya UFC 248 2020.03.07
Sean O'Malley vs. Jose Alberto Quiñonez 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
Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes UFC 247 2020.02.08
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista UFC 247 2020.02.08
Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi UFC 247 2020.02.08
Curtis Blaydes vs. Junior dos Santos 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
Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stošić UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Jared Rosholt vs. Ali Isaev PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Emiliano Sordi vs. Jordan Johnson PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Matt Sayles vs. Bryce Mitchell UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell 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
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
Killys Mota vs. Mandel Nallo 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
Richard Kiely vs. Michael Page Bellator 227 2019.09.27
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Deron Winn vs. Eric Spicely UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
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Gustavo Wurlitzer vs. Haim Gozali 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
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Joanne Calderwood vs. Katlyn Chookagian UFC 238 2019.06.08
Calvin Kattar vs. Ricardo Lamas UFC 238 2019.06.08
Donald Cerrone vs. Tony Ferguson UFC 238 2019.06.08
Vinny Magalhães vs. Emiliano Sordi PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Denis Goltsov vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Sigi Pesaleli vs. Ronny Markes PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Jordan Johnson vs. Maxim Grishin PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Mo De'Reese vs. Kelvin Tiller 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
Kevin Lee vs. Rafael dos Anjos UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
Derrick Krantz vs. Vicente Luque UFC on ESPN+ 10 2019.05.18
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Jack Hermansson vs. Ronaldo Souza UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Dhiego Lima vs. Court McGee UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Augusto Sakai vs. Andrei Arlovski UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
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Jack Hermansson vs. David Branch UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
Kevin Holland vs. Gerald Meerschaert UFC on ESPN 2 2019.03.30
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Julian Lane vs. Leonard Garcia BKFC 4 2019.02.02
Chance Rencountre vs. Kyle Stewart 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
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Josh Copeland vs. Philipe Lins PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
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Ronaldo Souza vs. Chris Weidman UFC 230 2018.11.03
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata UFC 230 2018.11.03
Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jerome Mickle vs. Nick Fiore Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Anatoly Tokov vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen 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
Jalin Turner vs. Vicente Luque UFC 229 2018.10.06
Nik Lentz vs. Gray Maynard UFC 229 2018.10.06
Dominick Reyes vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 229 2018.10.06
John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC 228 2018.09.08
Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilová UFC 228 2018.09.08
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till UFC 228 2018.09.08
Frank Camacho vs. Geoff Neal UFC 228 2018.09.08
Maxim Grishin vs. Rakim Cleveland PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Jason High vs. Natan Schulte PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Dan Spohn vs. Artur Alibulatov PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Philipe Lins vs. Alex Nicholson PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Steven Siler vs. Alexandre de Almeida PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Andre Harrison vs. Nazareno Malegarie PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Daniel Gallemore PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Shawn Jordan vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker II UFC 225 2018.06.09
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes UFC 225 2018.06.09
Anthony Smith vs. Rashad Evans UFC 225 2018.06.09
Josh Copeland vs. Jack May 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
Francimar Barroso vs. Daniel Gallemore PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Jared Rosholt vs. Valdrin Istrefi PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Tuerxun Jumabieke vs. Andre Harrison PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Des Green vs. Gleison Tibau UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Lauren Murphy vs. Sijara Eubanks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ben Saunders UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jose Torres vs. Jarred Brooks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Marlon Moraes vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Martin Hudson vs. Charlie Ward Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Iuri Bejenari vs. Amir Albazi Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Andrés Torres vs. Daniel Henao Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Gustavo Arrieta vs. Julian Parada Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Juan Diego Rozo vs. Yolvic Torres Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Joseph Vieira vs. Fredy Serrano Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Lina Franco Rodriguez vs. Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Joan Sebastian Granada vs. Fabio Andres Arboleda Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Santiago Prieto vs. Rolando Herrera Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
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Bobby Malcolm vs. Nazim Sadykhov Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
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Jovany Alverez vs. David Juliano 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
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