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. skygoing

    And yet he kept "Irrelevant" as his middle name.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rosslaw

    Well, at least that's settled. Now, what's going on in the real world.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. DolphinFreeTuna

    So does this mean that Ocho Cinco's contract is now null and void for Mr. Johson?!? And does anyone really care about what goes on in this dudes life? I mean c'mon its not like he is sharing his millions with you....?

    July 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. AlyssaJ

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

    No, ocho-cinco is literally "eight" and "five", not eighty-five, which would've been ochenta y cinco.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marc L from NY

      good point lol

      July 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Winifred

      That's a big fat DUH! Ball players sometimes say "eight-five" instead of "eighty-five". I hear it all the time at my husband's softball games.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike k.

      I'll bet you're a blast at parties.

      July 24, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marc L from NY

    This just is, Ochocinco becomes Johnson again, but is still apparently a self absorbed, selfish, jack wagon.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jimzcarz

    Hope you got a Pre-Nup..

    July 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Wannabe

    Oh trust me. That man has always been a "Johnson" no matter what his last name is.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JohnK

    This guy's ego greatly exceeds his talent as a receiver. Too bad he can't catch the football with his mouth.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    That's pretty dumb. Looks like she caught a real winner.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Alcohologram

    He's always acted like a johnson. At least now his name warns society about his behavior.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Deena

    Why do we even have reality shows about these shallow witless people? Surely there is something better on TV to watch than drivel about classless moneygrubbers.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff

    He still answers to Chad Cambiaraceite.

    July 24, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Unodos

    A Cerocero

    July 24, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ted

    I bet he speaks the best Eye Talyian to boot.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Frank

    People of the United States of America,
    In a world where we have what happens everyday, this means nothing!

    July 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
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