MMA fighter's UFC return delayed after accidentally shooting himself

By Brian Stubits |

Joe Riggs' UFC return will have to wait. (Getty Images)
Joe Riggs' UFC return will have to wait. (Getty Images)

Professional MMA fighter Joe Riggs was set to return to the UFC next month with his first bout in eight years but he has been ruled out of the fight after accidentally shooting himself.

Riggs was slated to fight Paolo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 on Sept. 13 for his first fight in the UFC since 2006 but obviously those plans have been altered now and a replacement fighter will be sought in Riggs' place.

He didn't exactly pull a Plaxico Burress by shooting himself in a public place, but it doesn't sound too much better. The UFC released the following statement on the situation:

"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."

The hope is the wounds are nothing more than superficial and Riggs can get back to making his return to the UFC in short order.

In his career Riggs has a record of 40-14-1 spent across a variety of organizations, a career that included winning the Middleweight Championship in the World Extreme Cagefighting championships.

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