GRAPHIC: MMA fighter shows off self-inflicted gunshot wounds

MMA fighter Joe Riggs accidentally shot himself, causing him to cancel an upcoming fight against Paulo Thiago, TMZ Sports reported.

Riggs, a UFC veteran, spoke about the incident that left him with holes in his legs and a gaping wound in his hand.

“The bullet just blew out all this muscle here,” said Riggs, talking bout his hand. “From here,” pointing to just above the cameraman’s wrist “all the way down to the top of my knuckle.”

Riggs, a licensed permit holder, called the incident an “unfortunate accident” that occurred while he was cleaning his .45 caliber pistol at his home in AZ.

Following the accidental discharge, Joe was transported to a local hospital and treated. He is currently recovering and expects to return to the octagon in the near future.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Johnny Sac July 21, 2017, 2:38 pm

    Did GunsAmerica really just describe a discharge while cleaning the gun as an “accidental discharge”?

    I can understand the local news using that term incorrectly for the zillionth time, but c’mon GA, you’re here to help educate. This was a “negligent discharge”, and there is a big difference. The gun did not malfunction. It functioned exactly as it was designed to do. It was the genius attempting to clean the gun with a round still chambered that caused the problem.

    Maybe too many blows to the head? Leave the gun-owning to those who can remember four simple instructions.

  • LJ April 21, 2017, 8:23 pm

    Rule number one: unload gun and verify before cleaning.
    Rule number two: re-verify gun is unloaded before preceding
    Rule number Three: CHECK IT AGAIN!

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