Joe Riggs’ UFC Return Cancelled After Shooting Himself In The Hand & Leg

MMA veteran Joe Riggs’ UFC return has been cancelled as a result of a firearm incident on Monday that sent him to the hospital

While cleaning his pistol at his home in Arizona, the gun discharged and Riggs was shot in the hand and upper thigh.

He was scheduled to face Paolo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 from Brazil on September 13th, his first UFC fight since 2006.

Here’s UFC’s official statement:

“We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night. While cleaning his permitted firearm (a pistol), the gun discharged, injuring his hand and upper thigh. Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians. We wish Joe a speedy recovery.”

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