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How Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier went from texting buddies to fierce rivals

In 2017, Daniel Cormier visited Stipe Miocic at his firehouse for an interview. But soon after, the friendliness ended. Here's why.

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Who has the edge in Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier 3?

Gilbert Melendez breaks it down: Who'll make the necessary adjustments this time?

'THERE IS NO DEBATE'

Dana White: Miocic-Cormier winner will be MMA heavyweight GOAT

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Dana White on why he thinks this won't be Cormier's last fight

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MIOCIC VS. CORMIER III

Miocic planning to do his thing in rubber match vs. Cormier

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Cormier comfortable stepping away after fighting Miocic

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THE STORY OF DANIEL CORMIER

Looking back on Daniel Cormier's historic career

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STIPE MIOCIC

Inside a 24-hour firehouse shift with UFC heavyweight Stipe Miocic

UFC champion Stipe Miocic will defend the heavyweight title against Daniel Cormier on Saturday. Away from the Octagon, he's a first responder with a much different set of priorities.

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The best of Stipe Miocic

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GEAR UP FOR UFC 252

SATURDAY ON PPV

Ariel & the Bad Guy: Who has the edge at UFC 252?

UFC 252 News Conference: Miocic vs. Cormier

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UNLOCKING VICTORY

Stipe Miocic's change in strategy paid off in rematch

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What makes Sean O'Malley's kicking so effective?

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