Joe Riggs Explains His Self-Shooting Incident
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.25.2014
He thought he was going to die...
Joe Riggs appeared on the MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting) to discuss accidentally shooting himself last month before his scrapped UFC Fight Night 51 bout. Check out the highlights:
On the shooting incident: "I lost consciousness before the Air Evac got to my house, so I was laying there and my wife was putting her entire finger in my wound, because she thought my femoral was hit and all that stuff. When you don't feel pain anymore, that's not a good thing, and it started to not hurt. And I started to let go and go to sleep. So, I know those things sort of go hand-in-hand with dying. So I told my wife to get my son from the bedroom so I could say goodbye to him. And it is something that must have been very traumatizing to my son. But I said it to him because I thought I was going, and it was just a sad situation for him."
On his reaction to being shot: "Everybody was asleep in my house. It was only 8:30, but everybody was asleep. Nobody heard it. You think when something like that would happen I would be calm, cool and collected, but I got up and ran around the house like a chicken with its head cut off. I'm laying there and then I see blood spurting up, and I'm like, okay, I should wake [my wife] up, and…I said, Lisa, call the ambulance, I've been shot, and we went from there."
On waking up after losing consciousness: "When I lost consciousness and I came back to, it was a feeling of any worldly stress you have, gone…it was a crazy feeling. The feeling of dying was very easy. The feeling of wanting to live and to fight through that pain was awful. It would have been very easy to let go and die. But I guess for a reason I'm here, and I'm alive, and I'm able to fight again unbelievably. My hand, I can make a fist, and yesterday I actually did my first workout. The doctors are astounded at how fast the rehabilitation has gone."
On when he'll be back: "I'll be ready to fight in December, whichever show it may be."
On being changed by the experience: "I thought for sure I hit my femoral artery, because it was just spraying blood. I thought for sure I was going to die. I said goodbye to my son, I said goodbye to my wife, so I thought I was dead. When you think you're going to die, it does something to you…it just deeply changed me to the core."