Hall (9-4) did not knock out Thiago Santos in their middleweight bout, but it was not for lack of effort. The New York native attacked Santos relentlessly on the feet en route to a unanimous decision. Judges scored the fight 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Making the win all the more more impressive, Hall fought through a severely mangled toe on his right foot, which he sustained in the first round.
A former contestant on "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series, Hall has appeared (for lack of a better description) too nice during several of his UFC appearances.
He was anything but nice to Santos, however, hurting the Brazilian several times in the 15-minute fight. He shut down Santos' offense effectively with head movement and counter jabs. He discouraged Santos from throwing leg kicks by countering with straight rights. A high right head kick nearly floored Santos late in the second round.
Prior to the start of the third round, cageside doctors delayed the action to take a closer look at Hall's toe, which was sticking straight up into the air. After the fight, Hall said he could feel the bones shift when he threw kicks.
The win extended Hall's win streak to two. He stopped UFC veteran Chris Leben via TKO in his last appearance at UFC 168 in December. The win snapped a two-fight skid in which he lost decisions to Kelvin Gastelum and John Howard.
Santos (9-3) dropped to 1-2 in the UFC.
Fighting for the first time at 135 pounds, Marcus Brimage might have fallen victim to poor judging.
Brimage (6-3) suffered a split decision loss to Russell Doane in their bantamweight fight. Two judges scored the bout 30-27 and 29-28 for Doane, while the third scored it 29-28 for Brimage.
ESPN.com scored the fight in favor of Brimage, 29-28.
"There's a lot of pressure on a card like this," Doane said. "Every time there's a split decision, you always worry the judges will make the wrong call. But Marcus was a tough guy. Happy for the win."
Brimage felt he did enough to earn the nod.
"I honestly thought I had done enough to win," Brimage said. "But the judges didn't think so, and that's all that matters."
Doane (14-3) nearly took the judges out of the equation in the first round, as he came close to submitting Brimage. He scored a well-timed double-leg early in the fight and eventually transitioned to his back.
Brimage survived the position, however, and even finished the round on his feet. He started to find his range in the next round, hurting Doane with inside and outside leg kicks.
The leg kicks continued to rack up in the final round and forced Doane to constantly switch his stance. Brimage scored a takedown early in the round, but allowed Doane to get back to his feet after nearly falling into a triangle attempt.
Doane extended his current win streak to three. He submitted Leandro Issa via triangle choke in his UFC debut in January. Brimage, who hadn't fought since April 2013 due to an Achiles injury, falls to 0-2 in his last two fights.
Faber (31-7) earned the seventh win of his UFC career, submitting Caceres via rear-naked choke at 1:09 of the third round. "The California Kid" is now 7-3 in the UFC. All three losses have come in bantamweight title fights.