Joe Riggs withdraws from next MMA bout due to firearm-related injury

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Phoenix, AZ, United States (4E Sports) – Welterweight Joe Riggs was sent to the hospital after suffering a firearm-related incident that injured his hand and thigh.

The 31-year-old was reportedly cleaning his permitted firearm when it suddenly went off, injuring the fighter.

Riggs just signed a new deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

The UFC released a statement about the incident and wished Riggs a speedy recovery.

Riggs’ last fight in the UFC was in 2006, in which he suffered a knockout loss to Diego Sanchez.

He had fought in different organizations since then, including Strikeforce and recently in Bellator MMA.

Riggs topped Bellator’s reality series “Fight Master,” scoring a unanimous decision win over Mike Bronzoulis last November.

He was set to face Paulo Thiago this September in Brazil but was forced to withdraw due to the incident.

Riggs has a 40-14 win-loss record and is currently riding on a six-fight winning streak.

The UFC later announced that Sean Spencer has “verbally agreed” to replace Riggs against Thiago.

Spencer has a 2-2 record in the UFC, coming of a defeat from Alex Garcia in UFC 171.

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