Kelvin Tiller kicked off his second run in PFL the right way, submitting Muhammed DeReese with an excellent kimura in the first round to earn six points.
Kelvin Tiller had an impressive season in PFL last year, earning 11 of a possible 12 points, giving him the second seed in the heavyweight tournament. After submitting Jared Rosholt in the regular season, he fell to Rosholt in the playoffs. “The Mama’s Boy” is 10-2 in his career with six submissions and three knockouts. He holds wins over Dan Spohn and UFC veteran Jake Collier.
Muhammed DeReese is an undefeated fighter who went 2-0 as a PFL heavyweight alternate last year with a pair of first-round stoppages. This year, he is on the main roster and will be fighting for a playoff spot. The Floridian started his career at 5-0 with two submissions and one knockout, earning a spot on the 23rd season of The Ultimate Fighter. He only appeared once on the show, losing by knockout against current UFC rising contender Khalil Rountree. After having three fights canceled from 2016-2018 following TUF, DeReese appeared on PFL last season.
Muhammed DeReese began the fight by skirting around the cage, with Kelvin Tiller stalking him down. DeReese landed a flurry of punches and went into the clinch. The fight hit the mat with Tiller going for a kimura, and he cranked it hard. DeReese freed up a leg to get to side control while his arm was getting pulled behind his head. DeReese flipped, but this gave a chance for Tiller to get top position with the kimura grip still intact. He stepped over the head of DeReese and forced the tap while rolling over.
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Kelvin Tiller def. Muhammed DeReese by Submission (Kimura) in Round 1 (3:22)