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UFC Fighter Joe Riggs

PHOTOS OF GUNSHOT WOUND

... And It's Naaasty

8/3/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0801_joe_riggs_bullet_wound_launchBrace yourself -- 'cause TMZ Sports has obtained photos and video of Joe Riggs' bloody gunshot wound -- taken moments after the UFC star accidentally shot himself in the leg ... and it's gory.

Riggs was supposed to take on Paolo Thiago at UFC Fight Night 51 in Sept. 15th -- but had to be replaced when he shot himself in his upper thigh while cleaning his pistol on July 28th. 

You can see in the pics (and the video below) ... the bullet entered the top of his left thigh and exited through the outer thigh -- you can clearly see the entrance and exit wounds. 

The UFC says the whole thing was just an "unfortunate accident" that occurred while Joe was cleaning his pistol at his home in AZ -- and says the fighter has the proper permits to own the firearm. 

Joe was transported to a nearby hospital after the accident where he was treated. He's now in recovery mode -- and probably won't fight for a while.

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1.

Jordan    

I thought Gun Shot Wounds is the new Black?

46 days ago
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Clytemnestra    

I know, I know, "Who cleans a loaded gun?" But at least he didn't kill himself or an innocent by-stander. Time for him to brush up on those handy old safety tips!

46 days ago
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funkybarfly    

I suppose the idiot could have been holding his loaded gun pointing at his face when he was "cleaning" it.Does he get half a Darwin Award?

46 days ago
4.

Doodlebug    

This guy is either really retarded or he's lying

46 days ago
5.

Cool Papa    

"Cleaning his gun" while it was loaded and with the safety off? SUUUUUUUUUURRRREEE!

46 days ago
6.

tmon3ydadjmbr    

That was dumb.

46 days ago
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funkybarfly    

He wasn't shot at all.He has Ebola.

46 days ago
8.

StraightJacket    

Treat every weapon as if it were loaded.... It is the very first one. Dumba**

46 days ago
9.

ASH    

MORON!

46 days ago
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_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

What a dumb ass.

46 days ago
11.

BlindFury    

They say that the person who owns the gun is most likely to be shot by that same gun. Always make sure you remove the bullets from the ROOM when when you're cleaning your gun.

46 days ago
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Bridget    

I read a study that said Arizona averaged out to have the dumbest people out of all the states. And nothing newsworthy seems to ever happen to refute this studies findings. No offense intended, just relaying what I read.

Don't get all mad if you live in Arizona. I said average. So it isn't an attack on you personally.

46 days ago
13.

Good riddance!    

I've briefly talked to him a couple of times at local fights and he seems like a decent enough guy, but it's time to face reality. This is well beyond your past hand injuries. It's time to take up coaching, unless your name is Nick Newell.

46 days ago
14.

porkchop    

Only a moron would clean a loaded gun...he's lucky.

46 days ago
15.

saywhatiwant    

Who still clean a loaded gun????? Stupid what people

46 days ago
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