The WA State Government has banned cage fighting which was being rapidly developed in Perth.

Department of Sport and Recreation commissioners met promoters and gym owners on Friday January 11 to inform them of the decision, The West Australian reports.

Terry Waldron (Sports Minister) confirmed the use of cages in MMA contests in Western Australia would be prohibited once the regulations were gazetted in early March.

Victoria is the only other State with a ban on cage fighting, but the Victorian Government has come under added pressure to lift the ban.

One of the MMA promoters in Perth Grady Stewart said that the cage was safer than any alternative.

“The cage is equipment that’s there for the safety of the athletes. It stops people falling through to the concrete and breaking their neck.”

Perth MMA fighter Xavier Lucas, said he believed it was a decision made out of ignorance.

“I’d like the politicians to actually take the time to see what the sport is about.”