UFC's Joe Riggs to miss upcoming fight after gun cleaning mishap

UFC welterweight Joe Riggs will miss an upcoming fight after accidentally shooting himself.


Joe Riggs was reportedly cleaning a pistol Monday when the weapon accidentally fired, wounding his hand and upper thigh.

The injuries were not life-threatening, but UFC officials said the 31-year-old Riggs would miss his Sept. 13 UFC Fight Night event against Paolo Thiago in Brazil as a result.

UFC officials said Sean Spencer has "verbally agreed" to replace Riggs, who had recently re-signed with the mixed martial arts association and is on a six-fight win streak.

He has not fought in the UFC since 2006, but has fought for multiple mixed martial arts organizations since then.

Watch an interview with Riggs posted online by Chris T: