MMA Fighting confirmed the news Monday following an initial report by UFC broadcast partner ESPN. The event on April 8 is expected to be UFC 287.
Waterson-Gomez (18-10) is currently MMA Fighting’s No. 12 ranked strawweight in the world.
The 37-year-old has fallen on hard times of late, dropping four of her past five bouts under the UFC umbrella, with her lone win being a controversial split decision over Angela Hill.
In Pinheiro (10-1), she now faces one of the top rising prospects at 115 pounds.
The Brazilian 29-year-old is 3-0 thus far under the Zuffa banner. She defeated Stephanie Frausto via first-round knockout on the UFC’s Contender Series in 2020 to earn her contract, then rattled off back-to-back victories in 2021 over Randa Markos and Sam Hughes.