The Thai government has banned the fast rising sport of cage fighting, or mixed martial arts, terming it as brutal.

Part of the reason seems to be to protect the popular Thai sport of Muay Thai, or kick boxing, with the government's sports authority saying it wants to shield the sport from outside influences.

The people behind mixed martial arts have vowed to fight the ban.

Al Jazeera's Wayne Hay reports from Bangkok.

Source: Al Jazeera English