Ochocinco becomes Johnson again
Chad Johnson and Evelyn Lozada, shown here in February 2011, have an upcoming reality show on VH1.
July 24th, 2012
08:33 AM ET

Ochocinco becomes Johnson again

Ochocinco is a fine last name for a bachelor but apparently not a married man, so the Miami Dolphins wide receiver who had legally changed his name to match his uniform number is back to Johnson again.

"Ocho-cinco" represents Johnson's number, 85, in Spanish.

"Chad Ochocinco has officially changed his name back to Chad Johnson," says a posting on Johnson's website, ocnnreport.com.

Johnson made the name change official at the Broward County Courthouse in Florida on Monday, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

"The main reason behind the name change was due to his marriage to Evelyn Lozada. The couple preferred Evelyn’s last name to be a real name and not the fun 'Ochocinco' character we have come to love," the ocnnreport post says.

"I'm just doing it for the marriage. It has nothing to do with football. Ochocinco is still in me. It's just my middle name," Johnson told ESPN.com on Monday.

Johnson and Lozada married on July 4 in what People magazine said "might be the most exhaustively documented wedding ever."

Johnson and Lozada, who appeared on the VH1 reality show "Basketball Wives," got engaged in November 2010.

In September, they'll have a reality show, "Ev and Ocho," together on VH1.

The football player said the name on the back of his Dolphins uniform this coming season will be Johnson, according to the ESPN report.

As of Tuesday morning, however,  the Dolphins' website still lists Johnson as Ochocinco.

Johnson signed with the Dolphins in June.

He'll be entering his 12th NFL season, 10 with the Cincinnati Bengals and last year with the New England Patriots. He played college ball at Oregon State University.

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soundoff (140 Responses)
  1. Kevin

    No, it is not "85", it means 8 (then) 5. He named himself "eight five", not "eightyfive".

    July 24, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
    • JMB

      He is an idiot for not asking someone that actually speaks spanish.. you are 100% correct.. it is 8 & 5 and not 85.. what a total clown this moron is..

      July 24, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd in DC

      Yup. Ochenta-cinco means 85. OchoCinco is 8. 5.

      Either way, he's a little too into himself for his own good. He catches a ball. Whoopie.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lburk

    "Ocho-cinco" is 85 in Spanish. No it is not. It is 8 – 5. Ochenta y cinco, is 85 in spanish. Journalists, the best source of bad information we have!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  3. Peter

    Actually "Ochocinco" is like saying your name is "Eightfive"... 85 would be "Ochenta y Cinco"

    July 24, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  4. Charles

    Ocho-cinco is not 85, in spanish. It's eight five. In other words, it's not eighty five.

    July 24, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
  5. daffyduck75

    Don't count the Dolphins out. Go Johnson!

    July 24, 2012 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bob

    Please, please, someone else write a comment that Ochocinco is 8-5 and not 85 – im not quite sure I understand it just yet...

    July 24, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • shan

      Hey, I just wanted to tell you that Ochocinco does not mean 85 in Spanish! It's the number 8 and the number 5 put together!

      July 24, 2012 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
    • lpt

      Bob, "Ochocinco" is like saying your name is "Eightfive"... 85 would be "Ochenta y Cinco". Hope that helps you understand.

      July 24, 2012 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Adam

    wasn't he on Dr. Phil?

    July 24, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. Rob

    I cant believe a self promoting failure like this moron is reduced to changing his name to grab some attention. Whats worse is we are giving it to him. He is a proven loser and more over a has been, or a never was. Give this the attention it deserves. Zero!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    July 24, 2012 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
  9. for bob


    ochocinco does not mean "eighty-five", it in fact translates as "eight five". ochenta y cinco is the correct way to say "eighty-five" in spanish.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
  10. Douglas

    Wide receiver?? Not sure I've ever actually seen him catch anything.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |

    Shakespeare had it right all along:

    "What's in a name? That which we call Ocho Cinco. By any other name would suck as bad." Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

    July 24, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. sbp

    Does this mean he's giving up being a complete buffoon?

    July 24, 2012 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |

      Not at all he is going from a complete buffoon to a complete "Johnson."

      July 24, 2012 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  13. george1911

    maybe the new wife told him how stupid it was to be named after a number? welcome to married life!!!

    July 24, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  14. Xray

    Just...catch the ball.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rob

    Thats an insult to fruit cake.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
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