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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
Josh Krejci vs. Kevin Benson BKFC Fight Night 2022.05.13
Joshua Depace vs. Mark Moses Cage Wars 52 2022.04.29
Justin Morse vs. Kyle O'Brien Cage Wars 52 2022.04.29
Alex Gluzman vs. Ryan Hickey Cage Wars 52 2022.04.29
Jon Viruet vs. Mende Cukalevski Cage Wars 52 2022.04.29
Vincent Constantino vs. Kyle Kahler Cage Wars 52 2022.04.29
Gadzhi Omargadzhiev vs. Caio Borralho UFC Fight Night 2022.04.16
Chris Barnett vs. Martin Buday UFC Fight Night 2022.04.16
Devin Clark vs. William Knight UFC Fight Night 2022.04.16
Brandon Bell vs. Brennan Ward Bellator 274 2022.02.19
Said Sowma vs. Davion Franklin Bellator 274 2022.02.19
Logan Storley vs. Neiman Gracie Bellator 274 2022.02.19
Jordan Newman vs. Cody Herbert Bellator 274 2022.02.19
Carlos Ulberg vs. Fabio Cherant UFC 271 2022.02.12
Marcelo Rojo vs. Kyler Phillips UFC 271 2022.02.12
Derrick Lewis vs. Tai Tuivasa UFC 271 2022.02.12
Levan Chokheli vs. Vinicius de Jesus Bellator 272 2021.12.03
Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Jeremy Kennedy Bellator 272 2021.12.03
Brian Vera vs. Derek Campos Triad Combat 1 2021.11.27
Alexa Culp vs. Angelina Hoffschneider Triad Combat 1 2021.11.27
Matt Mitrione vs. Alexander Flores Triad Combat 1 2021.11.27
Frank Mir vs. Kubrat Pulev Triad Combat 1 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
Kevin Holland vs. Kyle Daukaus UFC Fight Night 2021.10.02
Jared Gordon vs. Joe Solecki UFC Fight Night 2021.10.02
Jamie Mullarkey vs. Devonte Smith 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
Yadong Song vs. Casey Kenney UFC 265 2021.08.07
Derrick Lewis vs. Ciryl Gane UFC 265 2021.08.07
Dayana Silva vs. Arlene Blencowe Bellator 262 2021.07.16
Tyrell Fortune vs. Matt Mitrione Bellator 262 2021.07.16
Said Sowma vs. Ronny Markes Bellator 262 2021.07.16
Nick Newell vs. Bobby King Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Kyle Crutchmer vs. Levan Chokheli Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Mark Lemminger vs. Demarques Jackson Bellator 260 2021.06.11
Yaroslav Amosov vs. Douglas Lima 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
Tyler King vs. Davion Franklin Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Saad Awad vs. Nate Andrews Bellator 259 2021.05.21
Cris Cyborg vs. Leslie Smith II 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
Brendan Allen vs. Karl Roberson UFC 261 2021.04.24
Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jéssica Andrade UFC 261 2021.04.24
Marcus Surin vs. Lance Gibson Jr. Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Gregory Milliard vs. Julius Anglickas Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis II Bellator 257 2021.04.16
Jornel Lugo vs. Cass Bell Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Lyoto Machida vs. Ryan Bader II Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Dan Moret Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Talita Nogueira vs. Jessica Borga Bellator 256 2021.04.09
Jose Augusto Azevedo vs. Jonathan Wilson Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Tyrell Fortune vs. Jack May Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Mandel Nallo vs. Ricardo Seixas Bellator 255 2021.04.02
Miles Lee vs. Troy Cain CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Collin Huckbody vs. Aaron Jeffery CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Cedric Gunnison vs. Charlie Campbell CFFC 93 2021.03.12
Greg Hardy vs. Marcin Tybura UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
José Aldo vs. Marlon Vera UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Deron Winn vs. Antônio Arroyo UFC Fight Night 2020.12.19
Ilima-Lei Macfarlane vs. Juliana Velasquez Bellator 254 2020.12.10
Sumudaerji vs. Malcolm Gordon UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Miguel Baeza vs. Takashi Sato UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Kai Kamaka III vs. Jonathan Pearce UFC Fight Night 2020.11.28
Christien Savoie vs. Bassil Hafez CFFC 89 2020.11.19
Sitik Muduev vs. Frank Buenafuente 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
Mike Gonzalez vs. Vilson Ndregjoni 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
Oliver Enkamp vs. Emmanuel Dawa Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Terry Brazier vs. Yves Landu Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Fabacary Diatta vs. Dominique Wooding Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Ciaran Clarke vs. Jean N'Doye Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Cheick Kongo vs. Tim Johnson II Bellator 248 2020.10.10
Chris Bungard vs. Aymard Guih 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
Uroš Jurišić vs. Walter Gahadza Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Brian Moore vs. Simone D'Anna Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Kate Jackson vs. Denise Kielholtz Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Iamik Furtado vs. Chris Duncan Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Kywan Gracie vs. Constantin Gnusariov Bellator 247 2020.10.01
Harry Hardwick vs. Richie Smullen Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Will Fleury vs. Kent Kauppinen Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Nicolò Solli vs. George Hardwick Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Ion Pascu vs. Stefano Paternò Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Aiden Lee vs. Jeremy Petley Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Frans Mlambo vs. Cory Tait Bellator Euro Series 8 2020.09.26
Mirsad Bektić vs. Damon Jackson UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Darrick Minner vs. T.J. Laramie UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Johnny Walker vs. Ryan Spann UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Tyron Woodley vs. Colby Covington UFC Fight Night 2020.09.19
Ras Hylton vs. Davion Franklin Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Daniel Madrid vs. Pat Casey Bellator 246 2020.09.12
Phil Davis vs. Lyoto Machida II Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Rafael Carvalho vs. Alex Polizzi Bellator 245 2020.09.11
Adam Piccolotti vs. Sidney Outlaw Bellator 244 2020.08.21
Andrew Kapel vs. John Salter 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
Mike Hamel vs. Ádám Borics Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Michael Chandler vs. Benson Henderson II Bellator 243 2020.08.07
Grant Neal vs. Hamza Salim 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
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
Yadong Song vs. Marlon Vera UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Walt Harris vs. Alistair Overeem UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Rodrigo Nascimento vs. Don'Tale Mayes UFC Fight Night 2020.05.16
Gabriel Benítez vs. Omar Morales UFC Fight Night 2020.05.13
Ovince St. Preux vs. Ben Rothwell UFC Fight Night 2020.05.13
Ryan Spann vs. Sam Alvey UFC 249 2020.05.09
Michelle Waterson vs. Carla Esparza UFC 249 2020.05.09
Francis N'Gannou vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik 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
Junior dos Santos vs. Curtis Blaydes 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
Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stošić UFC on ESPN+ 24 2020.01.25
Ali Isaev vs. Jared Rosholt PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Jordan Johnson vs. Emiliano Sordi PFL 2019 #10 2019.12.31
Ben Rothwell vs. Stefan Struve UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles UFC on ESPN 7 2019.12.07
Andrei Arlovski vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik UFC 244 2019.11.02
Gregor Gillespie vs. Kevin Lee UFC 244 2019.11.02
Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 244 2019.11.02
Nick Newell vs. Manny Muro Bellator 232 2019.10.26
Bec Rawlings vs. Ilara Joanne Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Anthony Garrett vs. Jake Hager Bellator 231 2019.10.25
Gokhan Saricam vs. Steve Mowry Bellator 231 2019.10.25

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