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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
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
Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi UFC 230 2018.11.03
Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo Souza UFC 230 2018.11.03
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Adam Wieczorek UFC 230 2018.11.03
Nick Fiore vs. Jerome Mickle 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
Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Sean Lally vs. Camron Lochinov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Tim Caron vs. Vinicius de Jesus Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Kastriot Xhema vs. Pat Casey Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Dominick Reyes vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 229 2018.10.06
Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner UFC 229 2018.10.06
Nik Lentz vs. Gray Maynard UFC 229 2018.10.06
Jimmie Rivera vs. John Dodson 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
Rakim Cleveland vs. Maxim Grishin 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
Daniel Gallemore vs. Valdrin Istrefi PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Shawn Jordan vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Alex Nicholson vs. Philipe Lins PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Alexandre de Almeida vs. Steven Siler PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Andre Harrison vs. Nazareno Malegarie PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Anthony Smith vs. Rashad Evans UFC 225 2018.06.09
Curtis Blaydes vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 225 2018.06.09
Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romero II UFC 225 2018.06.09
Daniel Gallemore vs. Francimar Barroso PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Andre Harrison vs. Tuerxun Jumabieke PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Jack May vs. Josh Copeland 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
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jose Torres vs. Jarred Brooks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Des Green vs. Gleison Tibau UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Lauren Murphy vs. Sijara Eubanks 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
Fabio Andres Arboleda vs. Joan Sebastian Granada Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Gustavo Arrieta vs. Julian Arias Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Joseph Vieira vs. Fredy Serrano Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Andrés Torres vs. Daniel Henao Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Yolvic Torres vs. Juan Diego Rozo 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
Paul Sims vs. Izzy William 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
Chris Birchler vs. Matt Hamill Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Bobby Malcolm vs. Nazim Sadykhov Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Joseph Byers vs. Victor Alpizar Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Charles Wallace vs. James Lodge Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Andrew Johnson vs. Noel Irizarry Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Luis Rodriguez vs. Ryan Rizco Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
David Juliano vs. Jovany Alverez Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Zach Haynes vs. Nestor Negroni Jr. Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Joseph Cole vs. Ibrahim Kallie Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Andy Segovia vs. Stephen Moleski Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez UFC 223 2018.04.07
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher UFC 223 2018.04.07
Al Iaquinta vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 223 2018.04.07
Sam Alvey vs. Marcin Prachnio UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Renan Barão vs. Brian Kelleher UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Jared Gordon vs. Diego Ferreira UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Steven Peterson vs. Brandon Davis UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione II Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ross Richardson vs. Ron Leon Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Jarod Trice vs. Walter Howard Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Derek Brunson vs. Ronaldo Souza II UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Ji Yeon Kim vs. Justine Kish UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Erik Koch vs. Bobby Green UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Gleison Tibau vs. Islam Makhachev UFC 220 2018.01.20
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 220 2018.01.20
Shane Burgos vs. Calvin Kattar UFC 220 2018.01.20
Matt Frevola vs. Polo Reyes UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Michael Johnson vs. Darren Elkins UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Abel Trujillo vs. John Makdessi UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Mihail Nica vs. Carlos Leal Bellator 190 2017.12.09
Paul Felder vs. Charles Oliveira UFC 218 2017.12.02
Allen Crowder vs. Justin Willis UFC 218 2017.12.02
Alistair Overeem vs. Francis N'Gannou UFC 218 2017.12.02
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Michel Quiñones vs. Sage Northcutt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 217 2017.11.04
Corey Anderson vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 217 2017.11.04
T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt UFC 217 2017.11.04
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Matt Secor vs. Logan Storley 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
Alexander Shlemenko vs. Gegard Mousasi Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg UFC 216 2017.10.07
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham UFC 216 2017.10.07
Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Hector Lombard vs. Anthony Smith UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Sérgio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Daniel Spitz vs. Anthony Hamilton UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Arjan Bhullar vs. Luis Henrique UFC 215 2017.09.09
Tyson Pedro vs. Ilir Latifi UFC 215 2017.09.09
Jake Shields vs. Danny Davis Jr. PFL Everett 2017.07.29
Zach Conn vs. Louis Taylor PFL Everett 2017.07.29
Steven Rodriguez vs. Andre Harrison PFL Everett 2017.07.29
Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Damian Grabowski vs. Chase Sherman UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Darren Elkins vs. Dennis Bermudez UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Phil Davis vs. Ryan Bader II Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
John Salgado vs. Hugh McKenna Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Kevin Ferguson Jr. vs. DJ Griffin Bellator 179 2017.05.19
Linton Vassell vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 179 2017.05.19
Joe Proctor vs. Bryan Barberena UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Joe Lauzon vs. Stevie Ray UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Ovince St. Preux vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Dustin Ortiz vs. Brandon Moreno UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Don Shainis vs. Mak Kelleher Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Daniel Straus vs. Patricio Pitbull 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
Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Devin Clark vs. Jake Collier 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
Abubakar Nurmagomedov vs. Matt Secor WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Shawn Jordan vs. Blagoy Ivanov WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Wilson Reis vs. Ulka Sasaki UFC 208 2017.02.11
Roan Carneiro vs. Ryan LaFlare UFC 208 2017.02.11
Tim Boetsch vs. Ronaldo Souza UFC 208 2017.02.11
Carlos Candelario vs. Miguel Restrepo CES 41 2017.01.27
Kody Nordby vs. David Garcia CES 41 2017.01.27
Luiz Firmino vs. Justin Gaethje WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Josenaldo Silva vs. Marlon Moraes WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Smealinho Rama vs. Jake Heun WSOF 34 2016.12.31
Alex Garcia vs. Mike Pyle UFC 207 2016.12.30
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means UFC 207 2016.12.30

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