Earlier today TMZ Sports released photos and video of Joe Riggs’ bloody gunshot wound taken moments after the UFC star accidentally shot himself in the leg.
While Riggs’ (40-14) is most known for his professional career as a fighter in the UFC he has fought in many promotions, including WEC, Strike Force and Bellator. His last fight was won against Mike Bronzoulis at Bellator 106 via Unanimous Decision in November of 2013. After becoming the first winner of Fight Master, Riggs was expected to return to the UFC and face Paulo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 on September 13, 2014, replacing an injured Mike Rhodes. However, Riggs was forced to pull out of the fight after accidently shooting himself in the leg while cleaning a pistol at his home.
Be warned, however, this video is not for the faint of heart.
As disturbing as the images are the true damage may come long after the wound begins to heal. In some cases significant nerve damage can occur from deep lacerations caused by gunshots. This can lead to chronic pain, and partial paralysis of the affected and surrounding muscle tissue. The pain can also radiate to other locations of the body. (This is known as “Referred Pain”.)
Even without such long term complications, the recovery process itself will likely be long and arduous. Such injuries typically require months of rehabilitation and the inability to significantly utilize that leg will likely lead to atrophy of the surrounding muscle tissue. This will add time on top of the recovery period for the fighter to get back into competitive condition.
While it is unknown whether Riggs’ specific wound will permanently hinder his return to the cage it’s unlikely he will be seen competing before years end. At SciFighting we wish Riggs a speedy recovery and will be sure to keep our readers apprised of any changes in the fighter’s status.