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Ex-UFC Fighter

Psychedelic Plant

Told Me to Change Careers

8/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former UFC fighter Kyle Kingsbury needed post-MMA career guidance -- so he turned to an ancient hallucinogenic concoction to show him the way ... and it worked. 

Kingsbury -- who famously flashed a pair of "Legalize Gay" undies before his July fight for "UFC On Fox" -- initially said he wanted to become a firefighter following his final bout. 

But after the fight, Kyle still had some doubts -- so he turned to a shaman who brewed him up a cup of Ayahuasca ... a hallucinogenic herbal drink that people use to go on a vision quest. 

And after a trippy ceremony ... with some vomiting ... Kyle came to a revelation -- he should open a gym in Costa Rica to share his fighting talents with others. 

"I’m going to be doing what I love," Kingsbury says ... "lifting, fighting, being at a gym."

Kingsbury says he'll be taking his fiance and business partner along for the ride, and expects to have everything up and running by winter 2015. 

His only fear -- "I’ve recently learned they have HUGE crocodiles so that’s a little scary." 

Good luck! 
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