Joe Riggs Injured in Gun Accident, Out of UFC Fight Night Clash with Paulo Thiago

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 29, 2014
Joe Riggs' UFC return will have to wait. | Dave Mandel/

Joe Riggs was injured in a firearm accident at his Arizona home on Monday night, resulting in his withdrawal from a UFC Fight Night bout against Paulo Thiago in Brazil on Sept. 13.

The UFC issued a statement on the incident Tuesday 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.

Riggs was set to make his first Octagon appearance since 2006 against Thiago at the Nilson Nelson Gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil. Riggs was released from his Bellator contract after winning the promotion’s inaugural season of “Fight Master.”

Riggs’ last Octagon appearance came on Dec. 13, 2006, when he suffered a first-round knockout loss to Diego Sanchez at UFC Fight Night 7.

According to a report by the Brazilian outlet Combate, Sean Spencer has been tabbed to replace Riggs against Thiago. Spencer is 2-2 in the UFC, most recently losing a split decision to Alex Garcia at UFC 171.


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