In ‘Fight Church,’ the punch isn’t served in little plastic cups

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Fight ChurchPeople generally don't go to church to fight -- but some do. A growing number of pastors around the country are teaching their congregations how to cage fight. Cage fighting, or mixed martial arts (MMA), is a violent sport that involves wrestling and kick-boxing.

The pastors argue fighting plays an important role in Christianity because many of the Bible’s teachings involve fighting for personal beliefs and religious freedom.

The debate over combining religion and martial arts is part of a new documentary called “Fight Church,” c0-directed by Denver filmmaker Daniel Junge. Junge speaks with Ryan Warner.

Listen to a CPR interview with Daniel Junge about his Oscar-winning documentary "Saving Face."

Audio will be available after noon today. Watch a trailer for the film below.