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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
Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata 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
Marcos Rogério de Lima vs. Adam Wieczorek UFC 230 2018.11.03
Jennifer Chieng vs. Jessica Ruiz Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Chael Sonnen Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Anatoly Tokov vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Nick Fiore vs. Jerome Mickle Bellator 208 2018.10.13
Vinicius de Jesus vs. Tim Caron Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Pat Casey vs. Kastriot Xhema Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Roy Nelson vs. Sergei Kharitonov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Sean Lally vs. Camron Lochinov Bellator 207 2018.10.12
Ovince St. Preux vs. Dominick Reyes UFC 229 2018.10.06
Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz UFC 229 2018.10.06
Vicente Luque vs. Jalin Turner UFC 229 2018.10.06
Lucie Pudilová vs. Irene Aldana UFC 228 2018.09.08
John Dodson vs. Jimmie Rivera UFC 228 2018.09.08
Tyron Woodley vs. Darren Till UFC 228 2018.09.08
Geoff Neal vs. Frank Camacho UFC 228 2018.09.08
Jason High vs. Natan Schulte PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Dan Spohn vs. Artur Alibulatov PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Maxim Grishin vs. Rakim Cleveland PFL 2018 #5 2018.08.02
Andre Harrison vs. Nazareno Malegarie PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Philipe Lins vs. Alex Nicholson PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Valdrin Istrefi vs. Daniel Gallemore PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Shawn Jordan vs. Josh Copeland PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Alexandre de Almeida vs. Steven Siler PFL 2018 #4 2018.07.19
Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes UFC 225 2018.06.09
Anthony Smith vs. Rashad Evans UFC 225 2018.06.09
Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker 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
Alex Nicholson vs. Jake Heun PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Kelvin Tiller vs. Caio Alencar PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Jared Rosholt vs. Valdrin Istrefi PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Josh Copeland vs. Jack May PFL 2018 #1 2018.06.07
Sijara Eubanks vs. Lauren Murphy UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jose Torres vs. Jarred Brooks UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Jimmie Rivera vs. Marlon Moraes UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Gleison Tibau vs. Des Green UFC Fight Night 131 2018.06.01
Iuri Bejenari vs. Amir Albazi Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Martin Hudson vs. Charlie Ward Bellator 200 2018.05.25
Andrés Torres vs. Daniel Henao Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Gustavo Arrieta vs. Julian Arias Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Juan Diego Rozo vs. Yolvic Torres Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Santiago Prieto vs. Rolando Herrera Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Lina Franco Rodriguez vs. Gloria Isabel Bravo Barrios Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Fredy Serrano vs. Joseph Vieira Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Joan Sebastian Granada vs. Fabio Andres Arboleda Empire MMA 01 2018.05.19
Zach Haynes vs. Nestor Negroni Jr. Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Izzy William vs. Paul Sims Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Victor Alpizar vs. Joseph Byers Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Bassil Hafez vs. Jerome Mickle Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Chris Birchler vs. Matt Hamill Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Andrew Johnson vs. Noel Irizarry Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Nazim Sadykhov vs. Bobby Malcolm Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Ibrahim Kallie vs. Joseph Cole Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Luis Rodriguez vs. Ryan Rizco Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Andy Segovia vs. Stephen Moleski Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Vladimir Kazbekov vs. Malek Mahmoud Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
David Juliano vs. Jovany Alverez Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Charles Wallace vs. James Lodge Maverick MMA 6 2018.04.14
Mike Rodriguez vs. Devin Clark UFC 223 2018.04.07
Al Iaquinta vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov UFC 223 2018.04.07
Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Joe Lauzon UFC 223 2018.04.07
Jeremy Stephens vs. Josh Emmett UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Marcin Prachnio vs. Sam Alvey UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Brian Kelleher vs. Renan Barão UFC on FOX 28 2018.02.24
Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura UFC Fight Night 126 2018.02.18
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
Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione II Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Walter Howard vs. Jarod Trice Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Liam McGeary vs. Vadim Nemkov Bellator 194 2018.02.16
Ron Leon vs. Ross Richardson Bellator 194 2018.02.16
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
Ronaldo Souza vs. Derek Brunson II UFC on FOX 27 2018.01.27
Calvin Kattar vs. Shane Burgos UFC 220 2018.01.20
Gleison Tibau vs. Islam Makhachev UFC 220 2018.01.20
Dustin Ortiz vs. Alexandre Pantoja UFC 220 2018.01.20
Polo Reyes vs. Matt Frevola UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson UFC Fight Night 124 2018.01.14
Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria 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
Justin Willis vs. Allen Crowder UFC 218 2017.12.02
Charles Oliveira vs. Paul Felder UFC 218 2017.12.02
Alistair Overeem vs. Francis N'Gannou UFC 218 2017.12.02
Nate Marquardt vs. Cezar Ferreira UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Michel Quiñones vs. Sage Northcutt UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez UFC Fight Night 120 2017.11.11
Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson UFC 217 2017.11.04
Cody Garbrandt vs. T.J. Dillashaw UFC 217 2017.11.04
Ovince St. Preux vs. Corey Anderson UFC 217 2017.11.04
Emily Ducote vs. Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Logan Storley vs. Matt Secor Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Chris Dempsey vs. Ed Ruth Bellator 186 2017.11.03
Vovka Clay vs. Frank Sforza Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Don Shainis vs. Matt Denning Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko Bellator 185 2017.10.20
Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg UFC 216 2017.10.07
Evan Dunham vs. Beneil Dariush UFC 216 2017.10.07
Sérgio Moraes vs. Kamaru Usman UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
David Branch vs. Luke Rockhold UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Daniel Spitz vs. Anthony Hamilton UFC Fight Night 116 2017.09.16
Anthony Smith vs. Hector Lombard 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
Louis Taylor vs. Zach Conn Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Danny Davis Jr. vs. Jake Shields Professional Fighters League 2017.07.29
Steven Rodriguez vs. Andre Harrison Professional Fighters League 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
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
Stevie Ray vs. Joe Lauzon UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Ovince St. Preux vs. Marcos Rogério de Lima UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Bryan Barberena vs. Joe Proctor UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Dustin Ortiz vs. Brandon Moreno UFC Fight Night 108 2017.04.22
Regivaldo Carvalho vs. Jay Perrin Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Don Shainis vs. Mak Kelleher Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Daniel Straus vs. Patricio Freire IV Bellator 178 2017.04.21
Jake Collier vs. Devin Clark UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Alexander Volkov vs. Roy Nelson UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis UFC on FOX 24 2017.04.15
Myles Jury vs. Mike De La Torre UFC 210 2017.04.08
Chris Weidman vs. Gegard Mousasi UFC 210 2017.04.08
Andrew Holbrook vs. Gregor Gillespie 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
Ronaldo Souza vs. Tim Boetsch UFC 208 2017.02.11
Ryan LaFlare vs. Roan Carneiro UFC 208 2017.02.11
Ulka Sasaki vs. Wilson Reis UFC 208 2017.02.11
David Garcia vs. Kody Nordby CES 41 2017.01.27
Carlos Candelario vs. Miguel Restrepo 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
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
Sean Santella vs. Matt Lozano CFFC 62 2016.12.17

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