by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
World Extreme Cagefighting lightweight Ed “9MM” Ratcliff has been forced to withdraw from this coming Wednesday’s WEC 36 in Hollywood, Fla., due to undisclosed reasons. American Top Team officials confirmed to MMAWeekly.com on Saturday that ATT fighter Rafael Dias will step in to take his place.
Dias steps into Ratcliff’s position to face Urijah Faber teammate Danny Castillo.
Suffering the first defeat in his professional career – to Donald Cerrone at WEC 34 – in his WEC debut, Castillo eyes this fight with Dias looking to get back on the winning track. It’s been a long road back into the cage for Castillo. He was initially scheduled to face Ratcliff when WEC 36 was scheduled for Sept. 10, but it was delayed due to the threat of Hurricane Ike.
A veteran of the IFL and Bodog Fight, Dias has a strong submission game that he will try to employ, countering Castillo’s strong wrestling attack with a steady stream of submission attempts. This fight marks a golden opportunity for Dias to finally audition his skills for the UFC’s sister promotion.