Making A Stand: Fight Like A Girl Ambassador Cassie Umali


One look at the insanely ripped and always-smiling Cassie Umali and you know she’s an alpha female. But she reveals that becoming strong and confident took some time, a lot of learning, and a little help from MMA.

[mks_dropcap style=”square” size=”52″ bg_color=”#1588db” txt_color=”#ffffff”]C[/mks_dropcap]assie Umali is no stranger to the limelight. She was a recent finalist for the Century Tuna SuperBods contest and is the reigning Ms. Gold’s Gym. She’s also an adidas-sponsored athlete and a national athlete for the Philippine Lady Volcanoes rugby team.

Her positive personality and outspokenness have also endeared her to peers and acquaintances, and even landed her a spot as an NCAA reporter back in college. Basically, she’s an outgoing optimist, with a six-pack to boot.
However, few know that Umali wasn’t always a positive ball of energy. When she was younger, she was soft spoken and was often bullied, as she explains in the video above. But through her involvement in sports, she slowly got out of her shell.

She joined almost every sport imaginable, including wrestling, which she competed in at the SM Mall of Asia in 2014’s Ultimate Takedown Challenge. Her wrestling stint was also part of her love for combat sports, as she took up boxing and Muay Thai as well.

Having gone from a bully victim to an accomplished athlete, Umali now aims to inspire others who deal with bullies and naysayers. Her goal is to empower women, and the Fight Like A Girl is the avenue she’s chosen to do so in.

Now, Cassie Umali is out to define what it means to Fight Like A Girl.

Video Directed by Caloy Soliongco
Written and Produced Gab Pangalangan
Photo by Mike Miguel
Special thanks to Elorde Fight Factory Maginhawa

Gab Pangalangan

Gab Pangalangan is a former collegiate national Judo champ and the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of You can find his other works in the Philippines' leading magazines and websites.
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