Over 300 youths including members of the Master Russian Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, formerly Scorpion Taekwondo Club stormed the Robert International Airport on Sunday night, to give US based mixed-martial arts champion, Dwight Trokon Joseph, a heroic welcome.
The welcoming, according to the organizers, was an honor to the unbeaten fighter, who won the Dynasty Combat Sports Featherweight Championship belt after six undefeated fights, on Saturday, August 24, 2013 in Nebraska.
The 24-year-old, alias Jaytee, on the Saturday, December 14, 2013 won his seventh indisputable fight in the Chuka Willis Victory Fighting Championship.
In an exclusive interview with reporters, Jaytee expressed his surprise over the welcoming ceremony and stated that he is proud to come home (Liberia) with his belt.
“I am astonished but happy to be home and will be here for a month to rest,” he said.
Accordingly, the Dynasty Combat Sports Featherweight Belt is expected to be turned over to the Liberian government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sports.
At the welcoming party, the Master Russian Martial Arts and Fitness Academy, under Junior Pewee-Russian, performed a pomsae (a drill in taekwondo), along with cultural and folktale songs.
“We are here to express our appreciation to Jaytee for the good fights so far, and we brought these kids to tell them that Jaytee was once a student like them and also want to urge them that he can be their mentor,” Master Russian said.
He added: “We are proud of Jaytee; seven fights, seven wins, no loss and draw.”
Master Russian is the vice president for technical affairs of the Liberia Wushu Association and the former vice president for technical affairs, Liberia Taekwondo Federation.
Mr. Eric Nagbe, the head of the friends and fans Jaytee, told the Daily Observer, “Jaytee is a symbol of inspiration, and is worth emulating.”
For his part, the Executive Director of the Center of Media Studies and Peace Building (CEMESP) Malcolm Joseph, who is also an uncle to Jaytee, told reporters that the welcoming ceremony is also to encourage Jaytee in his career.
According to the US Mixed Martial Arts website Jaytee began his winning spree on April 28, 2012, as a featherweight, knocking out Roland Gonzalez . His second fight was on June 30, 2012, in Lightweight (155 pounds), defeating Matt Zuroski in the Disorderly Conduct/Fireworks Mixed Martial Arts on Saturday, December 15, 2012.
He also whipped Tyler Bell in the Victory Fighting Championship, with a technical knockout.
On January, 3, 2013, Jaytee defeated James Reed in the Victory Fighting Champions with an arm-triangle choke.
On Friday, April 12, 2013, Jaytee flogged Tony Ortega in the Disorderly Conduct/Spring Bawl and then on Saturday, August 24, 2013, he smashed Morgan Schulz in the Dynasty Combat Sports 2/Summer Showdown with a rear naked choke and won the Dynasty Combat Sports Featherweight Belt.
Jaytee is the son of Liberia’s eminent Certified Public Accountant Theo Joseph of Baker Tilly Liberia. He attended the Early Learning Foundation School and the J. J. Roberts United Methodist School in Liberia, and is a graduate of Doane College in Crete, Nebraska with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.