Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesIsrael Adesanya didn’t just exorcise his demons. He put them to sleep. Adesanya knocked out Pereira with several brutal right hands at 4:21 of the second round in the main event of UFC 287 at the Kaseya Center in Miami. With the violent victory, Adesanya regained the UFC middleweight championship. Pereira was doing well again Saturday. He had Adesanya against the cage, ripping off combinations. But Adesanya said he was playing possum. Adesanya countered with a massive right hand that hurt Pereira. He then followed up with another right and a left hook that put Pereira down. Adesanya put a stamp on the victory with a hammerfist as referee Dan Miragliotta pulled him away and stopped the fight. Pereira was unconscious. Pereira beat Adesanya via fifth-round TKO to win the title at UFC 281 last November at Madison Square Garden. Pereira also beat Adesanya twice in kickboxing, the most recent time by knockout in 2017. He’s the only man to ever knock Adesanya out. Adesanya (24-2) had five title defenses at middleweight before losing to Pereira last year. The Nigerian-born New Zealand resident had never lost at 185 pounds prior to that, with his only MMA defeat previously coming in a UFC light heavyweight title fight in 2021 against Jan Blachowicz. Adesanya, 33, still owns the second most title fight wins in UFC middleweight history (8). Pereira (7-2) came in on a seven-fight winning streak with his only loss coming in his MMA debut in 2015. The Brazil native is a former Glory Kickboxing middleweight and light heavyweight champion. Pereira, 35, trains out of Connecticut with former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira.