The first-ever scheduled EliteXC lightweight title defense has been postponed, according to FightNetwork.com (via FiveOuncesOfPain.com).
Champion KJ Noons was set to defend his strap against Yves Edwards on April 26 in Hawaii; however, he will now have to wait until June 14 instead.
There was no reason given for the change, but I would think a title fight would be more suitable for the May 31 show on CBS if EliteXC planned to move it.
That's not the case -- apparently it will take place a couple weeks after EliteXC's network debut.
Noons became the lightweight champ last November, defeating Nick Diaz for the vacant belt. He faces a true test in the rejuvenated Edwards.
The self-professed "Thug-jitsu Master" has reeled off three straight wins since joining the prestigious American Top Team camp. He most recently knocked out Edson Berto with a beautiful flying knee while balancing on one leg.
It was a highlight for the ages, and one that is surely going a long way toward continuing to rebuild the confidence Edwards established earlier in his career.
Heres a few thoughts on the fight from Yves:
"K.J.'s tough, but I feel really confident anywhere in the fight. Standing's my thing. K.J. thinks I'm going to take him down, and maybe I will, but my stand-up's nothing to sleep on. He's shown very good skills; his takedown defense looks really, really good. We sparred a couple of times when he was a kid, when he was 17, 18, 19, and he was hard to hit back then. He's beaten some tough guys. He beat Nick Diaz. Not a lot of guys can say that."
This looks to be a great fight no matter when it takes place. Definitely don't miss it.