It’s not Anderson “The Spider” Silva or Chuck “The Iceman” Liddell. But it is something a little different for Bill O’Brien’s Texans.

Since offseason training began Monday, several players have referred to a new mixed-martial arts setup that has been added by first-year strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald.

Backup quarterback T.J. Yates and punter Shane Lechler discussed the MMA action Monday. Left tackle Duane Brown and linebacker Whitney Mercilus provided a little more insight Thursday about Fitzgerald’s attempt to liven up the Texans while bringing them together.

“Oh, boy,” said Brown, who paired up with guard Brandon Brooks. “(Thursday) is the first day we did that and it’s awesome, man. Because the O-linemen, all we do is we strike people. You’re all about conditioning but you like to hit people at the same time. So with the MMA training, you get to do a little bit of both. You get tired but you’re also working the muscles. … I like it.”

Varied training techniques have been in-vogue in pro sports for years, with everything from oversized car tires to Cross Fit being employed in the effort to break up the mundane routines of running and lifting. MMA is new for the Texans. But it doesn’t mean Case Keenum will soon have cauliflower ears or Arian Foster will face J.J. Watt in an octagon.