Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Lloyd Irvin has trained several very successful mixed martial arts (MMA) professionals, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars Dominick Cruz, Phil Davis and Brandon Vera, among others.
However, it seems that two of Irvin's students, Matthew Maldonado -- a highly decorated and accomplished jiu-jitsu brown belt -- and Nicholas Schultz, have gone astray. Maldonado, 26, and Schultz, 21, have been accused of an awful crime, raping a female training partner from Irvin's gym, repeatedly, in a parking garage on New Year's Eve night.
Excessive amounts of alcohol, unsurprisingly, as well as diabolical betrayal, fueled the unimaginable assault.
ABC 7 News in Washington, D.C., provides the dirty details:
"... the young woman, Maldonado and Schultz all know each other from the Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts School in Camps Springs where they trained. Police said the woman bumped in the two men at a club in D.C. They offered to escort her to an instructor's home, because she was too drunk to drive. But the men took her to the St. Matthew's Center parking garage instead, police explained, where surveillance cameras captured Maldanado raping the woman and Shultz joining."
Both men are expected to appear in court tomorrow (Thurs., Jan. 10, 2013) to answer to the charges. Meanwhile, Irvin issued a statement that obviously distances his gym from the students, as well as denounces their "horrible act."
"We are surprised and saddened by the report of this terrible attack. Our prayers and thoughts are for the support of the victim ... it must be emphasized that the horrible act described in police reports had nothing to do with our business or our employees."
Maldonado recently placed third at IBJJF No Gi Jiu-Jitsu World Championship at California State University in Long Beach, Calif., on Nov. 4, 2012. He lists his personal interests on Facebook.com as, "Becoming Black Belt World Champion and 125lb UFC Champion!!!!"