Ngannou left the organization after contract talks broke down following his win over Ciryl Gane as the ex-UFC heavyweight champion retained his belt at UFC 270.
Thereafter, Ngannou left the UFC to purse other options. He was linked with the sport of boxing, as well as Bellator.
While that may have been the case, Ngannou inked a deal with the PFL with a debut set to occur in 2024.
The deal also includes an option to box in 2023, as well as a position on the board of PFL Africa.
That ultimately followed after the relationship with Dana White broke down, despite suggestions that Ngannou was offered the most lucrative deal by the UFC.
But for Adesanya he expects Ngannou to come back.
“The story’s not over yet, everybody needs to chill and just watch…everyone wants to be first…this isn’t a guy that just quits. Dana’s said some stuff in the past [about women never fighting in the UFC]…look where we are now.]
“I think he’ll do what he does and come back, and then they’ll pay him what he deserves, what he’s earned, because they f***ed him for a long time,” Adesanya
Those comments, though, have to be read in light of Dana White’s previous comments. He made it clear in no uncertain terms that Ngannou would not be returning to the organization.
“He’s absolutely impossible to deal with. He’s – no, he’ll never be in the UFC again. So, he made his decision – we worked hard, man.
“One of my guys, Hunter Campbell [Chief Business Officer], who works for me, must have done 75 dinners with his guy [Ngannou], trying to get him on board.
“We offered him a lot of money, showed him nothing but respect. We wanted to keep him, and that ship has sailed,” White
And both have stated their intention to fight the ‘Gypsy King’ inside the ring, as the latter has now suggested taking on the duo in the same night.
Tyson Fury now saying he wants to fight Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou on the same night…
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) June 14, 2023
“I hear that Jon Jones is looking for a fight. Me. I’m your man. Here’s a thought. How about this … How about I fight Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou on the same night? How about that? That’s how much I value them two bums. Let’s go, boys,” Fury