WARNING: Extremely Graphic Footage
Veteran fighter Joe Riggs was slated to make his return to the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 51 on Sept. 13 in Brazil. As quickly as the fight was made, it went away, courtesy of a bullet from Riggs’ own gun.
While in the midst of cleaning his gun, it went off, exploding through his left hand and then entering and exiting his left thigh. The damage to his hand was devastating; the wound to his leg cringe-worthy.
Riggs’ hand is now full of hardware. His leg requires frequent dressing changes, courtesy of his wife.
As bad as the accident was, however, Riggs doesn’t plan on letting it be a career-ender. In fact, the Phoenix resident is already targeting his UFC return for the promotion’s debut event in his city on Dec. 13 at UFC on FOX 13.
It’s still extremely early in Riggs’ recovery process, so it is too soon to tell if his sights are on target.
Riggs recently discussed the injury on camera with TMZ Sports, including providing some extremely graphic looks at the wound on his leg. If you’ve got a strong stomach, check it out in the video above.
(Video courtesy of TMZ Sports)