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Liberian Youngster Makes Headways in US Martial Arts

By Richard Manuba
Yhe topNebraska Martial Arts prize  winner, Dwight Trokon Joseph
Yhe topNebraska Martial Arts prize winner, Dwight Trokon Joseph

( Liberian-born Martial Arts practitioner, Dwight Trokon Joseph, has won the top prize in the State of Nebraska in the United States of America.

Mr. Joseph, popularly called “Jay-Tee,” was subsequently crowned the Dynasty Combat Sports Featherweight 145 pound Champion in Nebraska.

Dwight’s success came on his Liberia’s National Flag Day (August 24), 2013 when he competed in his sixth-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) bout.

Joseph is the son of Liberia’s renowned Certified Public Accountant, Theo Joseph.

The athlete picked up his Boxing career while in Liberia, with Master Junior Pewee-Russian, a top rated Martial Arts instructor in Liberia being his foremost trainer.

Instructor Pewee-Russian has attracted some good level of international pride to Liberia in global Martial Arts.

Joseph’s debut in the featherweight category was 28 April, 2012 and all of his fights have been in this weight class, except for his second on June 30, 2012, when he fought in the Lightweight category [155 pounds].

After going 5-0, Joseph was awarded a Title Fight for the Dynasty Combat Sports vacant Featherweight belt on August 24, 2013.

Formerly known as ‘Disorderly Conduct,’ the organization’s name was changed to Dynasty Combat Sports for more opportunities with sponsors and advertisers.

Joseph's opponent, Morgan Schulz, stood with a 4-1 record, with the two actually scheduled to fight on December 15, 2012.

Schulz, on a four fight-win streak, pulled out of the fight, due to insufficient training.

He won a number one contender-fight against Joseph's fourth opponent, James Reed, on July 6, 2013 to earn the Title Fight against Joseph.

Joseph defeated Reed on March 30, 2013 for the Victory Fighting Championship via an arm triangle submission.

The two fighters, Liberia’s Dwight Joseph and Morgan Schulz had three common opponents before they met in the cage.

When asked about getting the Title Fight, Joseph said:  "In mid July, the promoter called me and asked me what my schedule looked like for the end of August. After the fight was announced, I could tell that people were excited to see me get this opportunity.”

“I trained hard for this fight, just like I do for all my fights. I treated this just like any other fight, because I wanted this fight to feel the same as my other fights and I didn't want any extra pressure", Dwight Joseph recalled.

He said: “I went into the third round knowing that Schulz probably stole the second round, and they were one round apiece, so I had to win the third round to clinch the title."

The third round started like the first two rounds with Joseph controlling the action on the feet.

Almost halfway through the round, Schulz landed a head kick on Joseph and immediately after that Joseph followed up with a combination of punches ending with a head kick that floored Schulz.

In a show of good sportsmanship, Joseph and Schulz hugged and congratulated each other on a tough fight.

The Liberian-born Martial Arts practitioner won the belt and was crowned the Dynasty Combat Sports Featherweight (145 pounds) Champion.

Both fighters were awarded Fight of the Night later during the night for their battle.

"Schulz was definitely one of my toughest opponents,” Joseph admitted.

The 24 year-old Liberian attended the Early Learning Foundation School and the J. J. Roberts United Methodist School in Liberia.

Joseph is a graduate of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. He earned Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.


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