Injuries are part and parcel of sport, but not these types of injuries. UFC has a knack of coming up with some of the most bizarre injuries in sport. You only have to cast your mind back to the last pay-per-view to remember the horrific toe injury that Uriah Hall suffered at UFC 175.
Now Hall actually battled through a disgustingly painful looking broken toe to win his fight against Thiago Santos, but the same can't be said for Joe Riggs, who is out of his Welterweight battle with Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 because of a dangerous and ridiculous injury.
Riggs managed to shoot himself with a pistol, according to UFC sources that told Steven Marrocco. It's understood that the UFC fighter is now out of his contest with Thiago because the bullet managed to cause injuries to his hand and upper thigh.
"Joe Riggs is out of his bout with Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51. Accidentally shot himself with pistol, per UFC. Bullet injured hand and upper thigh, per release," Steve Marrocco tweeted on Tuesday afternoon.
The story was then confirmed by MMAFighting.com shortly after, with their report going into even more detail.
Stable but injured
It seems that Riggs actually managed to shoot himself while cleaning his gun. Meaning the injury is much more unfortunate than the one suffered by former NFL wideout Plaxico Burress, who is infamous for shooting himself in a nightclub with an illegal firearm.
Burress underwent prison time for shooting himself, but the only punishment for Joe Riggs comes from the fact that he's out of the UFC Fight Night 51 card. But more importantly, the injuries Riggs suffered have been deemed "not life-threatening" and he's said to be currently in a stable condition.
"We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night," the UFC statement read. "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."
There is no doubt that the injury to Joe Riggs is unfortunate in the circumstances, but it's also lucky for him and his fans that he did not seriously damage himself as incidents such as this can often result in fatalities.
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