Two-division champion and UFC Hall of Famer Georges St-Pierre made nine successful title defenses for the welterweight belt before retiring from the sport in 2013.
St-Pierre warned five-time reigning middleweight champion Adesanya (23-1 MMA, 12-1 UFC) from giving up and quitting because of the stress of being champion.
“It’s heavy the crown, my friend, and it’s only going to get heavier for you,” St-Pierre said. “I’m honest with you. I like you. I’m telling you the truth: Heavy is the crown. Nobody can understand. But it gets worse, and it adds more weight to your shoulders every fight. Every fight is bigger and bigger, and the criticism is worse, and the expectations are more and more. Keep that fire.”
“Everybody would be nice with me,” St-Pierre said.
“Everybody will be nice with you because of what you accomplished. 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. A lot of people, it’s insecurity – they try to be someone that they are not.”