Video: Georges St-Pierre and Israel Adesanya share words of wisdom: “Heavy is the crown.”


Georges St-Pierre has some advice for a current champion in the midst of his own historic title run.

The former two-division UFC champion spent time with middleweight king Israel Adesanya at a dinner that Adesanya recorded and uploaded for a YouTube vlog, which can be viewed above.

St-Pierre, widely regarded as one of the best welterweight fighters in MMA history, also won UFC’s middleweight title. He also praised Adesanya’s ability to handle criticism with grace.

” It’s great that you have it to fuel you, because it gives more energy to prove people wrong,” St Pierre said in the video. But don’t let this stop you. Heavy is the crown, my friend.”

“Nobody can understand, but it gets worse and it adds more weight to your shoulders every fight,” he later added. “Every fight is bigger and bigger and the criticism is worse and the expectations are more and more and more… keep the fire. This adventure will change your life from within. It can also change the way you think and feel.

Though Adesanya has has been a dominant champion, with a 20-1 pro record (his one loss came in a light heavyweight title bout against Jan Blachowicz) and five straight successful title defenses at 185 pounds, he has taken heat recently due to a perceived lack of action in his fights. Adesanya has won several lopsided decisions as champion, but bouts against Jared Cannonier, Marvin Vettori, and Yoel Romero were not well-received from an entertainment standpoint.

Although St-Pierre was sometimes criticized for his safe fighting style that saw him often grounding or completely neutralizing opponents, he has remained a major draw to the UFC for many years.

Adesanya was reminded by “GSP”, another wise word, not to let money and fame change him.

“I see how someone is nice, how he is with the waiter, how he is with the driver, how he is with the guy at the lobby,” St-Pierre said. It’s not insecurity for many people. They pretend to be somebody they are not. When you look through the f shield you will see the true .”


The UFC’s stars shared laughter over an inappropriate hand gesture. They also talked about Adesanya’s amazing UFC 236 fight against Kelvin Gastelum.