UFC fighter Joe Riggs has spent eight years out with the franchise, but his return was one that everyone was looking forward to.
The American was set to take on Brazil’s Paulo Thiago, after re-signing with UFC last week.
But it seems like Riggs’ fans will have to wait just a little while longer, after the 31-year-old accidentally shot himself in the leg.
By Stuart Hynd – @supers0nic_
UFC.com posted a statement regarding Riggs’ injuries, saying: “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.”
The website added: “Riggs was transported to a nearby hospital in Arizona where he is being treated by physicians. We wish Joe a speedy recovery.”
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto even took a comical swipe at the Arizona-born fighter:
Poor Joe Riggs. This is exactly why I refuse to clean anything, ever. http://t.co/jnLPF0L0EW
— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) July 29, 2014
Luckily, Riggs didn’t suffer life-threatening injuries and should make a full recovery.
The UFC have since replaced Riggs with Sean Spence – who will take on Thiago instead.