Draymond Green Shows MMA Skills With Headlock on Rudy Gobert As NBA Turns Into UFC: Video

Draymond Green Shows MMA Skills With Headlock on Rudy Gobert As NBA Turns Into UFC: Video

Joel Reyes
November 15, 2023 at 5:30 AM
  • Three players got ejected in Golden State vs. Minnesota on Tuesday
  • Draymond Green was tossed after putting Rudy Gobert in a headlock
  • The referees also ejected both Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels

The NBA In-Season Tournament turned into UFC on Tuesday night.

Things got ugly just 90 seconds into the game between the Warriors and the Timberwolves, with Golden State’s Draymond Green and Klay Thompson getting involved in a scuffle with Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert and Jaden McDaniels.

Green got ejected after doing an MMA move on Gobert, putting the Frenchman in a headlock.

Draymond Green, Rudy Gobert, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA, Klay Thompson, Jaden McDaniels
Draymond Green and Rudy Gobert. Images: Thearon W. Henderson/ David Berding.
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What triggered the fight?

The fight started with the score tied at 0-0. Thompson and McDaniels tugged on each other’s jerseys as they went down the court, resulting in a shoving match between them.

Gobert tried to break up the fight with his right arm wrapped around Thompson.

Green took offense to what the Wolves center did. He charged towards the Frenchman and put his right arm around Gobert’s neck, dragging him away from Thompson and McDaniels.

Referees reviewed the incident and ejected Green for a level 2 flagrant foul.

McDaniels and Thompson were also given their marching orders after they were both assessed technical fouls worthy of ejections, per Sports Illustrated.

Curry ruled out of Wolves game

The Warriors already were at a disadvantage before the start of the game with Stephen Curry ruled out because of a knee injury.

He took a hard fall in the second half of Sunday's loss to the Wolves but immediately continued to play.

Curry has been a vital cog for the Warriors this season, averaging 30.7 points per game. He is shooting 48.8% from the field, including 44.6% from beyond the arc, per ESPN.

The two-time MVP has scored at least 30 points in six of the Warriors' 12 games thus far.

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Curry makes NBA history

Sports Brief recently reported on Curry making history against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Golden State Warriors guard became the 36th NBA player to score 22,000 points.

Curry was cooking during that game, scoring 30 points in the 118-110 loss to the Cavs.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.