UFC welterweight fighter Joe Riggs, scheduled to face Paulo Thiago in Brazil on Sept. 13, was pulled from the card on Tuesday after he accidentally shot himself while cleaning a gun in Arizona.
"We were made aware that newly-signed UFC competitor Joe Riggs was involved in an unfortunate accident last night," UFC said in a news release. "While cleaning his permitted firearm, 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."
A replacement for Riggs will be sought.