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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  1. bobby

    he need to become persona non grata....he $ux$.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. Pats4Eva

    Johnson or Ochocinco, either way he is a class act. He came and went in New England with dignity despite a lot of adversity. Respect.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Class act? I dont think it means what you think it means.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ST

    He should have taken a Spanish class or used a Spanish-English dictionary before legally changing his name to "eight five". Boob.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. Lo

    After the divorce, he will change it to .85

    July 24, 2012 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. What did you say

    Maybe the dolphins can say that Ocho signed the contract and now that contract is void..

    July 24, 2012 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. DZA

    QUOTE: "Ocho-cinco" is 85 in Spanish.

    "Ocho – cinco" means "Eight – Five," not 85 (that's ochenta y cinco). Chad got it wrong (the putz). CNN, c'mon...you should know better.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • JB

      Thank you! I have been saying this for a while now....can't believe CNN didn't bother to check it...

      July 24, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  7. BurstBubble

    I thought the most exhaustive wedding was reality TV star KIM K. and Kris Humphries and now their divorce??

    July 24, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    Ochocinco is not 85, ochenta y cinco is, bad enough that Chad can't get it right but you would think a newswriter would.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  9. TomGI

    I can't wait to miss the "Ev and Ocho Show". I will watch Chad on the football field, but no interest in the wife's career efforts.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Deena

    Just for the record, "ochocinco" is not "85" in Spanish. Yes, it may be interpreted as "8 – 5", but "85" would be "ochenta y cinco".

    July 24, 2012 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. V.P.

    I like Chad a lot and Ev somewhat, I'll watch their show I mean it's entertainment.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Feet Ball

    How do you say "zero" in spanish ?

    July 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rick

    ""Ocho-cinco" is 85 in Spanish." Actually ocho-cinco is eight five in Spanish, not eighty-five (that would be ochenta y cinco.

    July 24, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. The way to go

    "The couple preferred Evelyn’s last name to be a real name."

    Why didn't she just keep her maiden name?

    July 24, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Juls1314

    85 is "ochenta y cinco" in spanish. Not ocho cinco.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
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