Perhaps the sport’s climax was later in 2009, when XARM crowned its first heavyweight champion with a contest that, like all XARM matches, was little more than two men, swinging wildly with their free arm while leaning backwards to avoid being hit.
Perhaps XARM’s heyday occurred in 2012 when, having failed to land any kind of meaningful, long-term television deal, Davie and co. inked a surprisingly respectable partnership with online giant Machinima to produce high-quality, online XARM content—all of which has since been wiped from the net.
Perhaps XARM’s climax occurred later in 2012, when it signed notable UFC light heavyweight James Irvin to its roster—though Irvin would lose his debut, being pinned by Fred Steen in rounds one and two, and failing to knock him out in the third.
Whenever the crescendo in XARM’s brief story occurred, it is now safe to say that the story is over.
XARM’s end went unnoticed. It was never eulogized by any notable members of the combat sports community. It was not inducted into any sports hall of fame. XARM simply posted to its official Facebook page in 2013, saying that it had been well received at the MIP-TV television and digital content market in Cannes, and was never heard from again.