I think seeing his team mate losing in that fashion may have played a role as well. It's a team spirit thing. Kinda like in basketball when one person is on fire than another, and pretty soon the entire squad is scoring points. Even though Rashad is a professional he's highly emotional. I'd be bummed if my team mate just got KOed before my fight. I'd be pissed too, probably would effect my game slightly.
What happened to Mike Van Arsdale...
Marcus Aurelius: Tell me again, Maximus, why are we here?
Maximus: For the glory of the Empire, sire.
Baked, not fried... the healthy choice.