Joe Riggs Shoots Himself Cleaning Gun, Forced Out Of UFC Fight Night 51 Bout With Paulo Thiago

Well, it looks like longtime UFC veteran Joe Riggs’ return to the Octagon was a very short-lived one, at least for now.

After being scheduled to face slumping Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 in Brasilia, Brazil, “Diesel” has been forced out of the bout after he was hospitalized with hand and leg injuries suffered while cleaning a licensed gun, rendering him unable to fight on the September 13 card.

The UFC released a statement on the odd situation this afternoon:

“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.”

Perhaps best known for engaging in a wild all-out brawl at a Las Vegas hospital following his UFC 57 decision win over bad boy Nick Diaz, the 31-year-old Riggs has been out of action since he won the first (and probably only) season of Bellator’s “Fight Master” by defeating Mike Bronzoulis at Bellator 106 last November.

Quietly working his way up the ladder in regional promotions, “Diesel” has won six straight bouts. However, his anticipated return to UFC will have to wait until his injuries heal up. Riggs is apparently in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery from the incident.

Meanwhile, Thiago, who has lost two straight fights and six out of his last eight, will await a new opponent for the card. He was originally set to face Mike Rhodes, who was also forced out due to injury.

Overall, it’s an unfortunate and anticlimactic (not to mention bizarre and foolish) set of circumstances for Riggs, who has worked incredibly hard to get re-signed to the world’s biggest MMA promotion. Did “Diesel” blast his way out of a UFC return before it even started?


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    July 29, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Who cleans a loaded pistol??

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    July 29, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    He should be cut just on pure stupidity.

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    July 29, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    This is the funniest shit I've seen on this site in a long time, I can't stop laughing

    'Joe Riggs Shoots Himself Cleaning Gun, Forced Out Of UFC Fight Night'

    My old man always said you can't fix stupid.

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    July 29, 2014 at 8:40 pm

    Proud of you

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    July 30, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Thats an American accident for you

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      July 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      I suppose you say that because you're from a country that's Govt has FORCED you to give up guns and be controlled by them.
      Way to accept your being dominated you fukn azzhole.
      I've been an avid shooter and marksman for 30 years and never once came close to having a accident with a firearm.
      Maybe your Govt thinks your entire population there is too stupid to have one.

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    July 30, 2014 at 1:19 am

    C'mon guys, it happens. One time I cleaned my BAZOOKA and it ended in a huge explosion. Joe Riggs has the right to clean his… pistol… all he wants in his own privacy.

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    July 30, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Crazy people are shooting up schools and professional cage fighters are shooting themselves. Maybe better gun control laws are a great idea.

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