Rory MacDonald had one of his best performances in his career, completely dominating fellow top welterweight contender Tyron Woodley at UFC 174.

Competing for the first time in Canada since a 2010 loss to Carlos Condit, MacDonald gave his native fans a reason to celebrate with a decision victory.

“It went really well,” said MacDonald, showing a large smile on his face after the win. “Everything we worked on came out in the fight. I respected Tyron a lot. You can’t look past a guy like that.

“He was one of the biggest threats in my career and it was an honor to fight him.”

After falling to Robbie Lawler via split decision last November, MacDonald (17-2) has scored back-to-back wins over Woodley and Demian Maia. While Lawler and Matt Brown will compete for the right to be the No. 1 contender, MacDonald made sure to let it be known he is ready for that shot.

“I think I’m ready,” he said. “I respect the UFC and the decision they make. Whatever they plan to do, I just want them to know I’m ready.

“One day, the belt will be mine.”

MacDonald landed 121 strikes, including 84 to the head, against Woodley.