Kelvin Tiller was one of the breakout stars of the first season of the PFL. After a first-round KO and a second-round submission finish, he was locked into the No. 2 playoff seed in the heavyweight division, lined up well for a deep run -- especially considering he'd already defeated his first-round opponent.

The day before that fight, however, Tiller's run at $1 million was derailed by the devastating news of his grandfather's death. He'd go on to lose that fight last October. Tiller returned to action in June and earned another standout victory with a first-round submission win via kimura against Muhammed DeReese.

He's well-positioned for another PFL playoff berth, but Tiller is looking to lock up a top seed as he takes on Denis Goltsov Thursday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, at PFL 6.

ESPN talked to Tiller about his time thus far in the PFL and his expectations moving forward.