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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
Irene Aldana vs. Lucie Pudilová UFC 228 2018.09.08
John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC 228 2018.09.08
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho UFC 228 2018.09.08
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till UFC 228 2018.09.08
Rakim Cleveland vs. Maxim Grishin PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Jason High vs. Natan Schulte PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Artur Alibulatov vs. Dan Spohn PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Alex Nicholson vs. Philipe Lins PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Steven Siler vs. Alexandre de Almeida PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Josh Copeland vs. Shawn Jordan PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Andre Harrison vs. Nazareno Malegarie PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Daniel Gallemore vs. Valdrin Istrefi PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith UFC 225 2018.06.09
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker II UFC 225 2018.06.09
Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 225 2018.06.09
Tuerxun Jumabieke vs. Andre Harrison PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Alex Nicholson vs. Jake Heun PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Kelvin Tiller vs. Caio Alencar PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Daniel Gallemore vs. Francimar Barroso PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Jack May vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Gleison Tibau vs. Des Green UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jose Torres vs. Jarred Brooks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Lauren Murphy vs. Sijara Eubanks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Charlie Ward vs. Martin Hudson Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Iuri Bejenari vs. Amir Albazi Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Julian Arias vs. Gustavo Arrieta Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Fredy Serrano vs. Joseph Vieira Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Fabio Andres Arboleda vs. Joan Sebastian Granada Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios vs. Lina Franco Rodriguez Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Rolando Herrera vs. Santiago Prieto Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Yolvic Torres vs. Juan Diego Rozo Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Andrés Torres vs. Daniel Henao Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon UFC 223 2018.04.07
Al Iaquinta vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 223 2018.04.07
Mike Rodriguez vs. Devin Clark UFC 223 2018.04.07
Renan Barão vs. Brian Kelleher UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Brandon Davis vs. Steven Peterson UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Marcin Tybura vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Carlos Diego Ferreira vs. Jared Gordon UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Walter Howard vs. Jarod Trice Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ross Richardson vs. Ron Leon Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione II Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Vadim Nemkov vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Justine Kish vs. Ji Yeon Kim UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Erik Koch vs. Bobby Green UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Derek Brunson vs. Ronaldo Souza II UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 220 2018.01.20
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau UFC 220 2018.01.20
Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos UFC 220 2018.01.20
Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Kalindra Faria vs. Jessica Eye UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Polo Reyes vs. Matt Frevola UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
John Makdessi vs. Abel Trujillo UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Carlos Leal vs. Mihail Nica Bellator 190 2017.12.09
Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder UFC 218 2017.12.02
Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder UFC 218 2017.12.02
Francis N'Gannou vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 218 2017.12.02
Diego Sanchez vs. Matt Brown UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Sage Northcutt vs. Michel Quiñones 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
Matt Secor vs. Logan Storley Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Chris Dempsey vs. Ed Ruth Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Don Shainis vs. Matt Denning Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Frank Sforza vs. Vovka Clay Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko 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
Daniel Spitz vs. Anthony Hamilton UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith 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
Luis Henrique vs. Arjan Bhullar UFC 215 2017.09.09
Tyson Pedro vs. Ilir Latifi UFC 215 2017.09.09
Jake Shields vs. Danny Davis Jr. Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Zach Conn vs. Louis Taylor Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Andre Harrison vs. Steven Rodriguez Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Chase Sherman vs. Damian Grabowski UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Hugh McKenna vs. John Salgado Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Ryan Bader vs. Phil Davis II Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Matt Mitrione vs. Fedor Emelianenko Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Haim Gozali vs. Ryan Couture Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
DJ Griffin vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr. Bellator 179 2017.05.19
Linton Vassell vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 179 2017.05.19
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Brandon Moreno vs. Dustin Ortiz 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
Mak Kelleher vs. Don Shainis Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Daniel Straus vs. Patricio Freire IV Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Jay Perrin vs. Regivaldo Carvalho Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Jake Collier vs. Devin Clark UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Andrew Holbrook vs. Gregor Gillespie UFC 210 2017.04.08
Gegard Mousasi vs. Chris Weidman UFC 210 2017.04.08
Mike De La Torre vs. Myles Jury UFC 210 2017.04.08
Matt Secor vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Shawn Jordan vs. Blagoy Ivanov WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch UFC 208 2017.02.11
Ulka Sasaki vs. Wilson Reis 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
Marlon Moraes vs. Josenaldo Silva WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Luiz Firmino vs. Justin Gaethje WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Smealinho Rama vs. Jake Heun WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia UFC 207 2016.12.30
Tim Means vs. Alex Oliveira 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
Joseph Solecki vs. Andrew Chirico CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Ahsan Abdullah vs. Christopher Piriz CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Chris Rollins vs. Sergio DeBari CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Aaron Kennedy vs. Brandon Davis CFFC 62 2016.12.17
Emil Weber Meek vs. Jordan Mein UFC 206 2016.12.10
Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Drew Dober UFC 206 2016.12.10
Cub Swanson vs. Doo Ho Choi UFC 206 2016.12.10
Ashley Yoder vs. Justine Kish UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Shane Burgos vs. Tiago Trator UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Derrick Lewis vs. Shamil Abdurakhimov UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Montoyia Swilling vs. Gary Balletto Jr. CES 40 2016.11.23
Russell Campbell vs. Dylan Lockard CES 40 2016.11.23
Dinis Paiva vs. Zane Behrend CES 40 2016.11.23
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson UFC 205 2016.11.12
Miesha Tate vs. Raquel Pennington UFC 205 2016.11.12
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal UFC 205 2016.11.12
Raz Bring vs. Maor Kazalkopy Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Joaquin Buckley vs. Jackie Gosh Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Karla Benitez Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov II Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Chen Shhori vs. Kfir Eittan Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Hitham Kayof vs. Moish Rand Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Tyler King vs. Josh Diekmann II Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Javy Ayala Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Ilya Kotau vs. Carlos Correia Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Matt Hamill vs. Julian Marquez Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Nolan Brant vs. Jeremy Stewart Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Freddy Arteaga vs. Matt Almy Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14

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