Adesanya couldn’t wait for UFC title rematch with Pereira

Brazil's Alex Pereira, right, fights Nigeria's Israel Adesanya during the first round of a middleweight title fight at the UFC 281 mixed martial arts event Nov. 13, 2022 in New York. Pereira knocked out Adesanya in the fifth round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

Israel Adesanya could’ve taken the easier path by fighting lesser opponents and building back his resume after losing to Alex Pereira in November at UFC 281.