"If I continue to have exciting fights and dominant fights and winning, I think I'm very close [to a title shot]," MacDonald told MMAjunkie.com on Monday. "It really depends on how the fights go."
MacDonald admits he was too defensive in his last fight, and he plans to open up his hands more moving forward.
"There was a lot of criticism about [my most recent fight]," MacDonald said. "I've taken some advice to be a little more exciting, a little more aggressive and also balancing it with being a technical fighter, so there was a lot to learn from that fight."
UFC fans shouldn't expect MacDonald to fight St-Pierre any time soon, as the two have been training together.
"Georges brings in a lot of top-level talent into our training camps, so being able to reap the benefits of those guys coming in is another factor," MacDonald said. "Just being along Georges and seeing how he leads up to his fights is a great experience for me."
MacDonald says its nice to have an opponent who doesn't talk trash and acts in a respectful manner.
"It's a nice change having a guy who doesn't talk and just comes to fight, and I appreciate that," MacDonald said of Lawler. "We'll put on a good show."
MacDonald is happy to finally be injury-free and competing in great health.
"What we do, sometimes you're healthy for a long stretch, and other times you have a stretch of injuries and you have to rest," MacDonald said. "Hopefully I can go on a string of fights and be healthy for a long time."
UFC 167 is set for Nov. 16 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas, Nev.