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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
Kubrat Pulev vs. Frank Mir Triad Combat 2021.11.27
Derek Campos vs. Brian Vera Triad Combat 2021.11.27
Matt Mitrione vs. Alexander Flores Triad Combat 2021.11.27
Angelina Hoffschneider vs. Alexa Culp Triad Combat 2021.11.27
Colby Covington vs. Kamaru Usman II UFC 268 2021.11.06
Gian Villante vs. Chris Barnett UFC 268 2021.11.06
Andreas Michailidis vs. Alex Pereira UFC 268 2021.11.06
Kyle Daukaus vs. Kevin Holland UFC Fight Night 2021.10.02
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Devonte Smith UFC Fight Night 2021.10.02
Jared Gordon vs. Joe Solecki UFC Fight Night 2021.10.02
Gegard Mousasi vs. John Salter Bellator 264 2021.08.13
Davion Franklin vs. Everett Cummings Bellator 264 2021.08.13
Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane UFC 265 2021.08.07
Casey Kenney vs. Yadong Song UFC 265 2021.08.07
Dayana Silva vs. Arlene Blencowe Bellator 262 2021.07.16
Ronny Markes vs. Said Sowma Bellator 262 2021.07.16
Tyrell Fortune vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator 262 2021.07.16
Mark Lemminger vs. Demarques Jackson Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Kyle Crutchmer vs. Levan Chokheli Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Douglas Lima vs. Yaroslav Amosov Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Nick Newell vs. Bobby King Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Boimah Karmo vs. Jeremiah Labiano CFFC 96 2021.05.28
Kris Moutinho vs. Andrew Salas CFFC 96 2021.05.28
Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith II Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Davion Franklin vs. Tyler King Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Saad Awad vs. Nate Andrews Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler UFC 262 2021.05.15
Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy UFC 262 2021.05.15
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jéssica Andrade UFC 261 2021.04.24
Brendan Allen vs. Karl Roberson UFC 261 2021.04.24
Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis II Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Marcus Surin vs. Lance Gibson Jr. Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Gregory Milliard vs. Julius Anglickas Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Cass Bell vs. Jornel Lugo Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida II Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Talita Nogueira vs. Jessica Borga Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Dan Moret Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Tyrell Fortune vs. Jack May Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Mandel Nallo vs. Ricardo Seixas Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Jose Augusto Azevedo vs. Jonathan Wilson Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Collin Huckbody vs. Aaron Jeffery CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Cedric Gunnison vs. Charlie Campbell CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Troy Cain vs. Miles Lee CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Marlon Vera vs. José Aldo UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Deron Winn vs. Antônio Arroyo UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Marcin Tybura vs. Greg Hardy UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Juliana Velasquez Bellator 254 2020.12.10
Kai Kamaka III vs. Jonathan Pearce UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Mudaerji Su vs. Malcolm Gordon UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Thomas Majeski vs. Jerome Macalino 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
Christien Savoie vs. Bassil Hafez CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Josh Smith vs. Charalampos Grigoriou CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Jake Hager vs. Brandon Calton Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Gegard Mousasi vs. Douglas Lima Bellator 250 2020.10.29
Fabacary Diatta vs. Dominique Wooding 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
Tim Johnson vs. Cheick Kongo II Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Jean N'Doye vs. Ciaran Clarke Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Aymard Guih vs. Chris Bungard Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Charlie Ward vs. Andy Manzolo Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Carlo Pedersoli vs. Acoidan Duque Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Curtis Dodge vs. Marek Jakimowicz Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Andrew Fisher vs. Ashleigh Grimshaw Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Joffie Houlton vs. Gokhan Saricam Bellator Euro Series 9 2020.10.03
Chris Duncan vs. Iamik Furtado Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Walter Gahadza vs. Uroš Jurišić Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Kate Jackson vs. Denise Kielholtz 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
Ion Pascu vs. Stefano Paternò Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Will Fleury vs. Kent Kauppinen 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
Jeremy Petley vs. Aiden Lee Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
George Hardwick vs. Nicolò Solli Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Damon Jackson vs. Mirsad Bektić UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Ras Hylton vs. Davion Franklin Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Pat Casey vs. Daniel Madrid Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Rafael Carvalho vs. Alex Polizzi Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Lyoto Machida vs. Phil Davis II Bellator 245 2020.09.11
John Salter vs. Andrew Kapel Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Sidney Outlaw vs. Adam Piccolotti Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Jessy Miele vs. Julia Budd Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Danny Chavez vs. TJ Brown UFC 252 2020.08.15
Junior dos Santos vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC 252 2020.08.15
Charlie Campbell vs. Nainoa Dung Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Hamza Salim vs. Grant Neal 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
Sabah Homasi vs. Curtis Millender 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
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
Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Francis N'Gannou UFC 249 2020.05.09
Carla Esparza vs. Michelle Waterson UFC 249 2020.05.09
Sam Alvey vs. Ryan Spann 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
Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Gabriel Silva vs. Kyler Phillips UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Felicia Spencer vs. Zarah Fairn UFC on ESPN+ 27 2020.02.29
Dominick Reyes vs. Jon Jones UFC 247 2020.02.08
Derrick Lewis vs. Ilir Latifi UFC 247 2020.02.08
Miles Johns vs. Mario Bautista UFC 247 2020.02.08
Montel Jackson vs. Felipe Colares UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Jordan Espinosa vs. Alex Perez UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
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 Johnson vs. Emiliano Sordi PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Ali Isaev vs. Jared Rosholt 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
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik 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
Jake Hager vs. Anthony Garrett Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Gokhan Saricam vs. Steve Mowry Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Bec Rawlings vs. Ilara Joanne Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Mandel Nallo vs. Killys Mota Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Michael Page vs. Richard Kiely Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Karl Moore vs. Lee Chadwick Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Ilias Bulaid vs. Vitalic Maiboroda Bellator 227 2019.09.27
Carlos Huachin vs. Jose Alberto Quiñonez UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Vinicius Moreira vs. Paul Craig UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Askar Askarov vs. Brandon Moreno UFC on ESPN+ 17 2019.09.21
Mike Kimbel vs. Chris Disonell Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Rudy Schaffroth vs. Tyrell Fortune Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 225 2019.08.24
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 240 2019.07.27
Niko Price vs. Geoff Neal UFC 240 2019.07.27
Greg Hardy vs. Juan Adams UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Ray Borg vs. Gabriel Silva UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Rafael dos Anjos vs. Leon Edwards UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Steven Peterson vs. Alex Caceres UFC on ESPN 4 2019.07.20
Bryan Barberena vs. Randy Brown UFC on ESPN+ 12 2019.06.22

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