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Rafael Dias to replace Ed Ratcliff on Wednesday’s WEC show

American Top Team officials have announced that Rafael Dias has agreed to fight Danny Castillo in a lightweight bout set for this Wednesday’s WEC 36 event to emanate from the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

Dias will be replacing Ed Ratcliff, who is no longer scheduled to fight for unspecified reasons.

The 29-year old Brazilian will be making his WEC debut against Castillo and has competed nationally before in both the BodogFIGHT and IFL promotions.

Dias, 11-4-1, was 1-1-1 in three fights for Bodog with his most notable matchup taking place during the promotion’s Vancouver tapings in August of 2007. Facing current UFC lightweight Per Eklund, Dias lost via unanimous decision.

While in the IFL, he compiled a 1-1 record with a first round submission win over Santino Defranco in his debut this past February, followed by a knockout loss against L.C. Davis in a featherweight contest held this past April.

Castillo, 5-1, made his WEC debut at WEC 34 this past June in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif. Taking a bout vs. Donald Cerrone on short notice, Castillo lost via an armbar submission at 1:30 of round 1.


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