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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
Jonathan Pearce vs. Kai Kamaka III UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Takashi Sato vs. Miguel Baeza UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Malcolm Gordon vs. Su Mudaerji UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Sitik Muduev vs. Frank Buenafuente CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Christien Savoie vs. Bassil Hafez CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Vilson Ndregjoni vs. Mike Gonzalez 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
Jake Hager vs. Brandon Calton Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Douglas Lima vs. Gegard Mousasi Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Emmanuel Dawa vs. Oliver Enkamp Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Timothy Johnson vs. Cheick Kongo II Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Jean N'Doye vs. Ciaran Clarke 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
Andy Manzolo vs. Charlie Ward Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Aymard Guih vs. Chris Bungard Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Carlo Pedersoli vs. Acoidan Duque 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
Iamik Furtado vs. Chris Duncan Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Walter Gahadza vs. Uroš Jurišič Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Brian Moore vs. Simone D'Anna Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Kywan Gracie vs. Constantin Gnusariov Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Denise Kielholtz vs. Kate Jackson Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Aiden Lee vs. Jeremy Petley Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Stefano Paternò vs. Ion Pascu Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Kent Kauppinen vs. Will Fleury Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Harry Hardwick vs. Richie Smullen Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Cory Tait vs. Frans Mlambo Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
George Hardwick vs. Nicolò Solli Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Damon Jackson vs. Mirsad Bektić UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Ryan Spann vs. Johnny Walker UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Davion Franklin vs. Ras Hylton Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Pat Casey vs. Daniel Madrid Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Alex Polizzi vs. Rafael Carvalho Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis II Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Andrew Kapel vs. John Salter Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Adam Piccolotti vs. Sidney Outlaw Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Jessy Miele vs. Julia Budd Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Junior dos Santos 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
Karl Roberson vs. Marvin Vettori 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
Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Don'Tale Mayes UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Yadong Song vs. Marlon Vera UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Ben Rothwell vs. Ovince St. Preux 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
Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey 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
Kyler Phillips vs. Gabriel Silva UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Zarah Fairn vs. Felicia Spencer UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Ilir Latifi vs. Derrick Lewis UFC 247 2020.02.08
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista UFC 247 2020.02.08
Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes UFC 247 2020.02.08
Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stošić UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
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
Ali Isaev vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Emiliano Sordi vs. Jordan Johnson PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Ben Rothwell vs. Stefan Struve UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Alistair Overeem UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Kevin Lee vs. Gregor Gillespie 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
Anthony Garrett vs. Jake Hager Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Killys Mota vs. Mandel Nallo Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Steve Mowry vs. Gokhan Saricam 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
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
Vinicius Moreira vs. Paul Craig UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Mike Kimbel vs. Chris Disonell Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Tyrell Fortune vs. Rudy Schaffroth 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
Eric Spicely vs. Deron Winn UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Matt Wiman vs. Luis Pena UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Randy Brown vs. Bryan Barberena UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22
Gustavo Wurlitzer vs. Haim Gozali Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Neiman Gracie vs. Rory MacDonald Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Aaron Pico vs. Ádám Borics Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Whitney Jean Francois vs. Kastriot Xhema Bellator 222 2019.06.14
Tai Tuivasa vs. Blagoy Ivanov UFC 238 2019.06.08
Tony Ferguson vs. Donald Cerrone UFC 238 2019.06.08
Calvin Kattar vs. Ricardo Lamas UFC 238 2019.06.08
Joanne Calderwood vs. Katlyn Chookagian UFC 238 2019.06.08
Maxim Grishin vs. Jordan Johnson PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Jared Rosholt vs. Denis Goltsov PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Kelvin Tiller vs. Mo De'Reese PFL 2019 #3 2019.06.06
Emiliano Sordi vs. Vinny Magalhães 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
Vicente Luque vs. Derrick Krantz 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
Ronaldo Souza vs. Jack Hermansson UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
Court McGee vs. Dhiego Lima UFC on ESPN+ 8 2019.04.27
John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen 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
Julian Lane vs. Leonard Garcia BKFC 4 2019.02.02
Alonzo Menifield vs. Vinicius Moreira UFC on ESPN+ 1 2019.01.19
Kyle Stewart vs. Chance Rencountre 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
Abusupiyan Magomedov vs. Louis Taylor PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Philipe Lins vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #11 2018.12.31
Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima 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
Lando Vannata vs. Matt Frevola UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jerome Mickle vs. Nick Fiore Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Jessica Ruiz vs. Jennifer Chieng Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Chael Sonnen vs. Fedor Emelianenko Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Anatoly Tokov vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Vinicius de Jesus vs. Tim Caron Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Sergei Kharitonov vs. Roy Nelson Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Kastriot Xhema vs. Pat Casey Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Sean Lally vs. Kemran Lachinov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Dominick Reyes vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 229 2018.10.06

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