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. Ian Moone

    I understand the new wife is going to change her last name to "BallAndChain" since that is her new J.O.B.

    Whatta whack-job

    July 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. steve

    He's a legend in his own mind.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You're right!
      I wonder if he ever thought of changing his name to Chad Iwasondancingwiththestars?

      July 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Car Chaser


    July 24, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. sala

    Next he will be QuatroUno

    July 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmy

      No...next he will be divorced

      July 24, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mooseman

    Did you guys know Ocho Cinco isn't actually 85 intstead it is literally 8 5? Just thought I would reitterale for everyone who got through Spanish 100

    July 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Yeah, most of us knew, but you would think someone would have bothered to tell *him*...

      July 24, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mickey1313

      That is because most jocks can't count that high anyway

      July 24, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Margie

    He was stupid the first time he changed his name and even dumber if he changes it again. If he was happy with it he should have told her "too bad". Wonder how long the marriage will last.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  7. s~

    I just call him "Mucho-Imibecil".

    July 24, 2012 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mickey1313

    What a yutz. To change your name is the most disrespectful thing you can do towards your folks. He is a hack and I hope his career is cut short by injury, of the crippling kind.

    July 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jackson

    So will she become Mrs The Player Formerly Known as Ochocinco?

    Mrs HasBeen would be easier to sign....

    July 24, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Myeshia

    Those two are made for each other. I wonder how long this will last! She has proven herself to be insecure already. Hope that fat rock was worth it Evelyn! You showed your girl Jen and hopefully you will make up with her in time. She is all you are going have after this blows up in your beautiful face.

    (nevermind me I'm a 'non MF factor)

    July 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. retief1954

    Wow. What GIGANTIC news.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeeper

    We'll all remember him as Ochostinko.

    July 24, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kanye

    I'm not sayin' she's a gold digger..

    July 24, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. donz0

    God help the Miami Dolphins.

    July 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Patty

    He should change his last name to "tool."

    July 24, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
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