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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
Joe Lauzon vs. Chris Gruetzemacher UFC 223 2018.04.07
Devin Clark vs. Mike Rodriguez UFC 223 2018.04.07
Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Al Iaquinta UFC 223 2018.04.07
Brian Kelleher vs. Renan Barão UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Marcin Prachnio vs. Sam Alvey UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Steven Peterson vs. Brandon Davis UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Jared Gordon vs. Carlos Diego Ferreira UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Marcin Tybura vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
Vadim Nemkov vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Walter Howard vs. Jarod Trice Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ross Richardson vs. Ron Leon Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Matt Mitrione vs. Roy Nelson II Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ji Yeon Kim vs. Justine Kish UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Bobby Green vs. Erik Koch UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson II UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Alexandre Pantoja vs. Dustin Ortiz UFC 220 2018.01.20
Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos UFC 220 2018.01.20
Islam Makhachev vs. Gleison Tibau UFC 220 2018.01.20
Polo Reyes vs. Matt Frevola 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
Glover Teixeira vs. Misha Cirkunov UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Abel Trujillo vs. John Makdessi UFC on FOX 26 2017.12.16
Carlos Leal vs. Mihail Nica Bellator 190 2017.12.09
Francis N'Gannou vs. Alistair Overeem UFC 218 2017.12.02
Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder UFC 218 2017.12.02
Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder UFC 218 2017.12.02
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Michel Quiñones vs. Sage Northcutt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw UFC 217 2017.11.04
Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 217 2017.11.04
Corey Anderson vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC 217 2017.11.04
Chris Dempsey vs. Ed Ruth Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Emily Ducote Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Matt Secor vs. Logan Storley 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
Ray Borg vs. Demetrious Johnson UFC 216 2017.10.07
Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham UFC 216 2017.10.07
Kamaru Usman vs. Sérgio Moraes UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Anthony Smith vs. Hector Lombard UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Anthony Hamilton vs. Daniel Spitz UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Luke Rockhold vs. Dave Branch 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
Zach Conn vs. Louis Taylor Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Steven Rodriguez vs. Andre Harrison Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Jake Shields vs. Danny Davis Jr. Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Thomas Almeida vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC on FOX 25 2017.07.22
Chase Sherman vs. Damian Grabowski 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
Ryan Couture vs. Haim Gozali Bellator NYC 2017.06.24
Linton Vassell vs. Liam McGeary Bellator 179 2017.05.19
DJ Griffin vs. Kevin Ferguson Jr. Bellator 179 2017.05.19
Dustin Ortiz vs. Brandon Moreno 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
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Ovince St. Preux 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
Jake Collier vs. Devin Clark UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Wilson Reis vs. Demetrious Johnson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi UFC 210 2017.04.08
Mike De La Torre vs. Myles Jury UFC 210 2017.04.08
Andrew Holbrook vs. Gregor Gillespie UFC 210 2017.04.08
Matt Secor vs. Abubakar Nurmagomedov WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Shawn Jordan vs. Blagoi Ivanov WSOF 35 2017.03.18
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro UFC 208 2017.02.11
Yuta Sasaki vs. Wilson Reis UFC 208 2017.02.11
Tim Boetsch vs. Ronaldo Souza 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
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
Ray Borg vs. Louis Smolka UFC 207 2016.12.30
Mike Pyle vs. Alex Garcia UFC 207 2016.12.30
Alex Oliveira vs. Tim Means 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
Sergio DeBari vs. Chris Rollins 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
Doo Ho Choi vs. Cub Swanson 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
Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Derrick Lewis UFC Fight Night 102 2016.12.09
Zane Behrend vs. Dinis Paiva CES 40 2016.11.23
Montoyia Swilling vs. Gary Balletto Jr. CES 40 2016.11.23
Russell Campbell vs. Dylan Lockard CES 40 2016.11.23
Tim Boetsch vs. Rafael Natal UFC 205 2016.11.12
Raquel Pennington vs. Miesha Tate UFC 205 2016.11.12
Tyron Woodley vs. Stephen Thompson UFC 205 2016.11.12
Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov II Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Jackie Gosh vs. Joaquin Buckley Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Moish Rand vs. Hitham Kayof Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Kfir Eittan vs. Chen Shhori Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Maor Kazalkopy vs. Raz Bring Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Lena Ovchynnikova vs. Karla Benitez Bellator 164 2016.11.10
Javy Ayala vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Carlos Correia vs. Ilya Kotau Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Tyler King vs. Josh Diekmann II Bellator 163 2016.11.04
Matt Hamill vs. Julian Marquez Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Freddy Arteaga vs. Matt Almy Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Nolan Brant vs. Jeremy Stewart Combate Americas 9 2016.10.14
Dave Branch vs. Vinny Magalhães WSOF 33 2016.10.07
Timur Valiev vs. Chris Gutierrez II WSOF 33 2016.10.07
Magomed Magomedkerimov vs. Bobby Cooper WSOF 33 2016.10.07
Andre Fili vs. Hacran Dias UFC Fight Night 96 2016.10.01
Ketlen Vieira vs. Kelly Faszholz UFC Fight Night 96 2016.10.01
Brandon Moreno vs. Louis Smolka UFC Fight Night 96 2016.10.01
Derek Shorey vs. Pete Rogers Jr. CES 38 2016.09.23
Sean Soriano vs. Levan Makashvili CES 38 2016.09.23
Wayne Ahlquist vs. Lionel Young CES 38 2016.09.23
Carlos Zevallos vs. Pat Walsh CES 38 2016.09.23
John Poppie vs. Mike Rodriguez CES 38 2016.09.23
Gabriel Benitez vs. Sam Sicilia UFC Fight Night 94 2016.09.17
Dustin Poirier vs. Michael Johnson UFC Fight Night 94 2016.09.17
Islam Makhachev vs. Chris Wade UFC Fight Night 94 2016.09.17
Bec Rawlings vs. Paige VanZant UFC on FOX 21 2016.08.27
Kyle Bochniak vs. Enrique Barzola UFC on FOX 21 2016.08.27
Anthony Johnson vs. Glover Teixeira UFC 202 2016.08.20
Marvin Vettori vs. Alberto Uda UFC 202 2016.08.20
Neil Magny vs. Lorenz Larkin UFC 202 2016.08.20
Ruslan Melikov vs. Pat McCrohan CES 37 2016.08.12
Joe Pingitore vs. Matt Bessette CES 37 2016.08.12
Thales Leites vs. Chris Camozzi UFC Fight Night 92 2016.08.06
Court McGee vs. Dominique Steele UFC Fight Night 92 2016.08.06
Trevor Smith vs. Joe Gigliotti UFC Fight Night 92 2016.08.06
Robbie Lawler vs. Tyron Woodley UFC 201 2016.07.30
Wilson Reis vs. Hector Sandoval UFC 201 2016.07.30
Mark Hunt vs. Brock Lesnar UFC 200 2016.07.09
Johny Hendricks vs. Kelvin Gastelum UFC 200 2016.07.09
Joaquim Silva vs. Andrew Holbrook The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale 2016.07.08
Josh Stansbury vs. Cory Hendricks The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale 2016.07.08
Ross Pearson vs. Will Brooks The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale 2016.07.08
Luis Palomino vs. Sheymon Moraes WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Saul Almeida vs. Bruce Boyington WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Justin Willis vs. Juliano Coutinho WSOF 31 2016.06.17
Josh Copeland vs. Blagoi Ivanov WSOF 31 2016.06.17

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